The nonprofit WaterStep organization recently picked up 95 pounds of donated shoes from the collection box at Louisville Water's Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant. 95 pounds of shoes "equates to providing 32 people safe water for life," said WaterStep Development Coordinator Pam Alaimo.
The organization sells the shoes to raise funds for worldwide safe water projects. WaterStep also helps with water emergencies and is currently responding to the flooding in eastern Kentucky, providing safe water technology and expertise to areas impacted by the disaster.
In addition to donations from the Crescent Hill facility, WaterStep recently picked up 60 pounds of shoes from Louisville Water's B.E. Payne Water Treatment Plant, "which equates to providing 20 people safe water for life," Alaimo said.
Donation boxes for Louisville Water employees also are located at the Allmond Avenue Distribution Center and the company's Third Street headquarters. If you would like to donate shoes yourself, you can drop them off in the lobby of the Third Street facility or use WaterStep's Drop Site Finder.