Shoes for, um, charity

“We don’t want your money,” said the flyer taped to the door: “just your unwanted shoes.” What’s more, “all sizes and conditions needed.”

First time I’d seen this pitch, from a group called “Green Eyes in Africa,” but they’ve been through here before, and here’s what they do:

We seek to provide African orphans with adequate sanitation, protection, education, and love. We accomplish this mission through generous donations given in the United States. We only accept hand-to-mouth donations, so that no “overhead” costs or government corruption gets in the way of helping those who need it.

They left me a plastic bag, which now contains one slightly worn but undamaged pair of Reeboks, and one hardly-worn-at-all pair of tassel loafers. (I am now down to eight pairs of shoes.)

Joe Beets was unavailable for comment.

1 comment

  1. Tatyana »

    15 April 2009 · 8:16 am

    It would be much more efficient if instead of encouraging african children to “develop faith and prayer as a way to endure their hardships”, they’d instill in their charges that it’s up to them to take control of their own life.
    Africa has been devouring tremendous amount of money and goods showered on it by false gilt-ridden 1st world countries – for a century. All they can show for it is more people who depend on strangers for their footwear.

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