Local Trail Life Troop Wants Your Used Shoes

POTTSTOWN PA – If you’ve got an abundance of gently worn, used, or new shoes in your closet, and if your feet won’t miss them, the members of Pottstown-based Trail Life Troop PA-0610 hope you’ll donate them to help people in need.

Trail Life USA describes itself as Christian-based outdoor adventure program open to boys between the ages of 5 and 17. The local troop, based in Hopewell Community Church at 1130 Commerce Dr., serves families in the Pottsgrove and Pottstown school districts and beyond. Troop Master Tim Murray said the shoe drive, which began Thursday (June 1, 2017) and continues through July 10 (Monday) benefits entrepreneurs overseas while helping to raise funds for troop activities.

The troop earns money for every pound of collected shoes. They’re shipped off to Funds2Orgs, a network in Florida that delivers them to small business partners (usually operated by enterprising individuals working their way out of poverty) in developing nations where shoes are needed.

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” Murray said. Donating shoes that might otherwise be discarded ensures they can “be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives both locally and around the world … It’s a win-win for everyone.” Shoes can be dropped off at the church, located on the east side of Route 100, across from the Upland Square Shopping Center.

The troop also is welcoming new members, Murray added. He said that while the program is founded on what it calls “Biblical values,” it attracts boys without regard to religion, race, national origin, or socio-economic status. “Our goal is for parents and families of every faith to be able to place their boys in a youth program that endeavors to provide moral consistency and ethical integrity in its adult leaders,” he said.

Troop members gather in patrol meetings on the first and second Thursdays of each month at the church. The third weekend of every month is set aside for an outdoor adventure, such as camping, rafting, hiking, or snow tubing. For more information, call Murray at 484-942-4776 or send him an e-mail here.

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