Dance Out Bullying launches shoe collection drive to raise money for community event

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Dance Out Bullying is conducting a shoe collection drive on March 1 through May 31 to raise funds for their annual event Dance Out Bullying in the Park at Lake Eola.

Help by donating gently worn, used or used shoes at any of the drop-off sites including the Barr Method (Winter Park and Dr. Phillips), My Gym (Orlando, Waterford Lakes, Maitland and Lake Mary) and Revive Fitness in Ormond Beach.

All donated shoes will be distributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations. Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. 

"We are incredibly excited about our shoe drive," said Megan Clementi, DOB Emcee and Board Member. "Spring is here. A perfect time to clear out your closet and donate items you no longer need. We know that most people have extra shoes and we look forward to taking them off their hands to help those less fortunate become self-sufficient. It's a win-win for everyone."

DOB organization will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated goods. Those dollars will benefit DOB, funding the performance team to perform at area grade schools for the next year and fund their annual free community event in October.

By donating to Dance Out Bullying, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people's lives.