Girl Scouts collecting used shoes to provide clean water

About 400 pairs of shoes have been collected so far

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a sort of 21st century “alchemy,” turning gently used shoes into clean water for people in developing countries. An Easthampton Girl Scout Troop has been collecting “previously worn” shoes in April.

On Monday, they were bagging up an estimated 400 pairs of shoes that will eventually be shipped to Minnesota, where they’ll be sold, in bulk, at reasonable rates on the secondary market.

The money will help needy people overseas. “Health and hygiene training, and water purification systems to people in developing countries; so it provides them with clean water,” Girl Scout Troop Leader Donna Benard told 22News.

Bedard said they need thousands more shoes, and will hold a shoe drive on Saturday in Easthampton from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Union Street parking lot. They welcome everything from boots to flip-flops.

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