The most recent service project carried out by members of Alpha Phi Omega is not only helping local residents of the Blacksburg, Va. area, but also people in need across the country and internationally.
Shoe Do, a shoe drive on campus aimed at collecting gently used sneakers for children in need, will donate the goods to its partner, Angel Bins. “Shoe drives have been our most popular and successful fundraisers. We have worked with several organizations that have raised over $10,000 dollars,” the California organization said on its website. “Angel Bins is a for-profit recycling company that helps schools and other charitable organizations raise money through the recycling of clothing, shoes, textiles, and toys.”
Rather than just collecting donated pairs of shoes and bringing them to local charities, the members of APO thought partnering with a bigger organization would have more of an impact.
“It’s always good to give back to your community, but I’m really glad we can help people all over the world too by partnering with Angel Bins,” said senior BIT major and shoe drive organizer Nate Neiman.
In addition to this, the shoe drive still benefits Blacksburg children by donating all funds raised from Angel Bins to Micah’s Backpack, a local volunteer organization that partners with Blacksburg schools to deliver healthy food to children in need on the weekends.
“I think we’ve found a good balance between helping children locally and abroad,” Neiman said. “It’s a win-win situation for both of these wonderful organizations.”