Special to The Clinton Courier
The Mississippi College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (MC SAAC) is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser through December 16 to raise funds for their annual athletic banquet. MC SAAC will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Those dollars will allow the committee to host a banquet for their athletes as well as hold other campus activities to boost school morale. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at Mississippi College’s Coliseum.
All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used 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 shoe drive,” said Emily Berry, MC SAAC Fundraising Officer. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money for our annual banquet, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
By donating gently worn, used, and new shoes to MC SAAC, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.
MC SAAC is the university’s chapter of the National SAAC, an organization created by the NCAA. It serves as the liaison for student-athletes in government for the campus, the conference, and Division II athletics. Throughout the school year, the organization raises money for Make-A-Wish, creates activities to boost game attendance and encourages school spirit. In addition, it hosts an annual banquet for all student-athletes at Mississippi College to celebrate their accomplishments and prospective seasons.