By Ashley Rader
East Tennessee Christian Home and Academy is taking a step toward helping itself and helping others by hosting a used-shoe collection drive through the end of March.
Director of Development Ron Marvel explained ETCHA is hosting the collection through Dove Ministries, which will take all of the collected shoes, refurbish them and distribute the shoes in various Third World countries.
ETCHA in turn is paid 20 cents per pound for the shoes collected, which is used to help the students that are residents at the academy for adolescent girls.
“All the money raised goes directly to the girls,” Marvel said. “It helps with their recreation and their allowances.”
This is the fifth year that ETCHA has participated in the shoe drive. He said in the past the academy has collected close to 4,000 pounds of shoes. Last year, the drive brought in around 3,000 pounds of donated footwear.
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