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Jim Thorpe FBLA raising money with shoe drive

Jim Thorpe Area High School Future Business Leaders of America is having a shoe drive fundraiser until Dec. 7 to raise money for state FBLA project, which is the Special Olympics.

Jim Thorpe FBLA will earn money based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected.

Funds raised will benefit The Special Olympics. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at the main offices of Jim Thorpe High School, L.B. Morris Elementary, and Penn Kidder Elementary.

There will be a community shoe drive-thru from 10 a.m. until noon Nov. 4 in the Jim Thorpe High School parking lot. Bring any gently used shoes to the drive thru.

All donated shoes will 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.

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said adviser Tonia Thompson. “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 the Special Olympics, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Jim Thorpe FBLA members. From row, from left: Grace Ossowski, treasurer; Harmony Berk, president; and Amaya Heffelfinger, vice president. Back from, from left: Adriana Day, secretary; Mikayla Andreas, parliamentarian; Jon Duffy, historian; Tonia Thompson, adviser; Cassidy Pychinka, community service and fundraising; Maura Malaska, reporter. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO