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Clear out your closets and help the community.

The Kiwanis Club of West Racine is conducting a shoe collection drive through May 6 to raise funds for community nonprofit organizations. Gently worn or new shoes of any type may be dropped off in the brightly decorated boxes at these locations:

• Milaeger’s greenhouses, 4838 Douglas Ave., Caledonia, and 8717 Durand Ave., Sturtevant.
• Sealed Air Family YMCA, 8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant.
• Educators Credit Union, 1400 N. Newman Road, Racine.
• Downtown Racine Corp. offices, 431 Main St., Racine.
• Curves for Women, 3701 Durand Ave., Racine.
• Bob’s on Washington, 3213 Washington Ave., Racine.
• Racine Christian School, 912 Virginia St., Racine.

You may also contact any West Racine Kiwanis member, or call 262-994-8064 or 262-554-5090 to arrange a pick-up.

All donated shoes will be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations in Central America and Africa. Funds2Orgs help impoverished people start, maintain, and grow their own businesses. The Kiwanis Club of West Racine is earning money based on the number of pairs of shoes collected in this drive. Those dollars will be donated back to the Racine community.

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Karen Verbeten, co-chair of the project. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets to donate and help the less fortunate become self-sufficient. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The Kiwanis Club of West Racine meets at 7 a.m. Wednesdays at St. Luke’s Health Pavilion on the Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints campus, 3821 Spring St. Guests are always welcome. To attend a meeting, please call Judy Van Swol at 262-633-2177.

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