Prada. Nike. Sperry. Brand new. Old and tattered.
The name brand didn’t matter. The condition didn’t matter either. All that mattered was that employees donated their unwanted shoes to help others in need!
DuPonters at Chestnut Run Plaza building 730 along with DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman recently participated in a United Way Days of Caring shoe drive to benefit Shoes 2 Share. DuPonters donated more than 1,200 pairs of shoes, boots, and slippers.
“Together, we can make a difference in the lives of others. Together, we can provide a once loved pair of our own shoes to someone else in need. That’s life changing,” said Ellen during a brief ceremony to thank employees for their participation and send off the shoes.
Shoes 2 Share is a grassroots, charitable ministry with a passion to serve. The ministry’s growing beneficiary list includes international and domestic programs that aid individuals in opportunities to participate in school, church, sports, work, or simply everyday activities. In many areas of the world, the lack of shoes can lead to illness, disease and even death due to contaminated soil from sewage and a variety of other factors. Shoes 2 Share receives donated shoes from schools, churches, businesses and individuals who conduct shoe drives.
“Our mission is to provide hope, comfort and opportunity to men, women and children here in America and around the world by sharing the gift of shoes,” said Tim Wampler, president, Shoes 2 Share. “DuPont’s efforts here will go a long way in providing that hope, comfort and opportunity to hundreds of people around the globe.”
"This event was very successful due to the overwhelming response from the CRP 730 residents. The promotional materials provided by the Shoes 2 Share organization and assistance provided by the Floor Captains helped to plan this event in a very short period of time...a great example of a team effort,” said Connie Davis, executive assistant.
In a spirited competition to see which floor could donate the most shoes, employees from DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers took top honors with 348 pairs of shoes!