Local Girl Scouts organize  shoe drive to benefit charity

From left, Isabella Potts, Isabella DiLorenzo and Ansley Barker display shoe donations they have received.

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Three local Girl Scouts have organized a shoe drive to benefit a local charity.

The scouts, Ansley Barker, Isabella DiLorenzo and Isabella Potts aim to collect 2,500 pairs of shoes to benefit the MSG Foundation which provides assistance to the newly jobless, newly homeless and hungry population under the motto, “People Helping People.”

The organization’s shoe drive runs from June 22 through Aug. 22. New or gently used shoes that are clean and in good condition can be donated. For every 2,500 pairs of shoes donated, the MSG Foundation will receive $1000 to benefit their organization and local food programs. Donated shoes will be shipped to developing countries.

Barker, DiLorenzo and Potts decided to conduct their own shoe drive as their Silver Award project and donate all the shoes they receive to the MSG Foundation.

The Girl Scouts became acquainted with the organization through Barker’s work with the National Charity League.

The girls have reached out to the community asking for shoe donations and accepting any kind of shoes that are in good condition. They have promoted the community project on social media, creating an Instagram account, shoedrive.gs, and have posted about their collection on Facebook. The girls also used their participation in their respective neighborhood swim teams as a means to spread the word.

Potts received nearly 300 donations during one swim meet. The scouts have already collected 509 pairs of shoes.

“It’s definitely been a challenge getting donations.” Baker said. “At first, we were nervous but now we’ve gotten the hang of it.”

“We were kind of shaken up about this project because our parents wouldn’t really be involved, and it was going to be just us,” said DiLorenzo. “But we’ve gotten a lot better.”

The girls will continue their efforts at an upcoming MSG Foundation event. On the third Saturday of each month, the organization converts the Otwell Middle School Cafeteria to a mini-grocery where boxes are prepared and packaged and a week’s worth of food/household items are donated to those in need.

The scouts will volunteer at the event, which runs from 9 a.m.-noon on July 21, and take shoe donations.

The girls are also planning to host a “Back to School” shoe drive from 10 a.m-3 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Olde Atlanta Club.

For more information about the MSG Foundation and where to donate, call 770-364-9409.

For more information about the Girl Scout’s shoe drive visit shoedrive.gs on Instagram.

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