Shoes donations to help CCPD and impoverished countries

Posted at 5:03 PM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 22:56:15-04

The Corpus Christi Citizens Police Academy Alumni (CCCPAA) are collecting shoes from all walks of life.

“Worn, used, hopefully gently used,” said Marta Sprout, president of the CCCPAA.

Shoes donated throughout the month of May will be sold by the pound to a company called Funds2Orgs, and the money made will help buy equipment for the Corpus Christi Police Department.

“Things that the budget doesn’t cover,” said Sprout.

Sprout says the money is used to buy safety equipment, knives for graduating cadets, and in previous years it’s helped purchase K9 officers.

“We also have bought special flashlights that they can clip on their shoulder uniform and that means when they’re in their unit they don’t have to turn on their dome light so they still have peripherals,” said Sprout. “It’s a safety thing.”

Not only do you get to help keep shoes from clogging up landfills, but all the shoes donated will be sent off to impoverished areas around the world.

The shoes will go to what Sprout calls “micro-entrepreneurs”.

“These are individual business men who will take these shoes and they’ll clean them and they’ll polish them and then they’ll resell them to support their families and communities,” said Sprout. “It’s this wonderful dignified way of helping someone because it’s not a handout it’s a hand up.

Currently there are 10 locations in the Corpus Christi area you can go drop off your shoes.

IBC Banks – Calallen, Everhart, Flour bluff, shoreline, Staples

Texas Bridge Credit Union

Chemcel Federal Credit Union

Mary Grett Transition Center

CC Animal Care services

Natural Grocers

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Discount Tire

Padre Island POA

Peoples Restaurant

Annaville Muffler & Automotive

For more information you can visit the CCCPAA’s Facebook page.