RSVP kicks off shoe fundraiser

On Jan.. 8, the South Central Montana Retired Senior Volunteer Program kicked off an athletic shoe collection drive to raise funds for their Volunteers.  RSVP will earn funds based on the total weight of the shoes collected, as Sneakers4Funds will purchase all of the donated goods.  Those dollars will benefit South Central MT RSVP, the volunteers and everyone RSVP serves. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new athletic shoes at a collection box on the second floor of Wells Fargo Bank outside the RSVP office door.


All donated athletic shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Sneakers4Funds network of microenterprise partners in developing nations.  Sneakers4Funds helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and around the world. These micro-entrepreneurs sell the athletic shoes to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send her son to law school.

“We are excited about our athletic shoe drive,” said MaLinda DiTonno, South Central Montana RSVP Program Director. “We know that most people have extra athletic shoes in their closets.  They can donate these shoes to us and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient.  It’s a win-win for everyone.”

By donating athletic shoes to RSVP, athletic shoes will be given a second chance to make a difference in peoples’ lives around the world. 

South Central RSVP serves Fergus, Petroleum, Judith Basin, Golden Valley and Musselshell Counties. Residents of these counties are encouraged to participate.

DiTonno said the goal is to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes, which amounts to approximately 667 bags. In order to raise such a substantial amount, DiTonno said she hopes to hear from local schools and local second-hand stores. 

“If you have any unclaimed lost and found athletic shoes, we can take them off your hands,” she said. “If second-hand stores have any good athletic shoes they can donate, that would also be a big help.

The drive will run about six months (until June 30).

For more information, or to donate, contact DiTonno at (406) 323-1403 or email her at



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