WBMC volunteers hosting shoe drive
by Jennifer Cohron
Jun 07, 2014 | 866 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Joanne Stephenson and Rosalie Nicholson, members of Walker Baptist Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary, assist teen volunteer Richie Landers with bagging up shoes donated for the shoe drive. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
Joanne Stephenson and Rosalie Nicholson, members of Walker Baptist Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary, assist teen volunteer Richie Landers with bagging up shoes donated for the shoe drive. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
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The Walker Baptist Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary is currently collecting gently worn shoes to fund a nursing scholarship and to help residents of Third World countries.

The Auxiliary will be paid 40 cents per pound by Funds2Orgs, which partners with nonprofits, schools and other groups looking for creative fundraisiers.

“We have to have at least 200 bags of 25 pairs. We are hoping for 300 bags,” said volunteer Joanne Stephenson.

If all goes well, the Auxiliary will have an extra $3,000 to purchase New Testaments for each baby born at the hospital as well as bears for pediatric patients who are having surgery.

Half of the proceeds have been earmarked for a scholarship that will be given to a local nursing student. The Auxiliary has been unable to provide a scholarship for the past two years because of a lack of funds.

Members of the Auxiliary are responsible for raising all of the funds for the various projects overseen by the program.

The shoe drive will end July 15.

Those wishing to donate shoes can speak with volunteers at patient information or in the gift shop. Volunteers are also willing to schedule pick-ups if necessary.

“Not everyone can go on a mission trip to a Third World country, but this is something that everyone can do to help people who are less fortunate,” Stephenson said.