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Shoe collection benefits Haiti
Rotarians assist drive this month
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Forsyth County News

How to help

The local Rotary clubs will be collecting shoes for Haiti during their meetings this month. The schedule is as follows.
* Rotary Club of Johns Creek -- 12:15 Mondays at Johns Creek Baptist Church
* Rotary Club of Lanier-Forsyth -- 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Northside Hospital-Forsyth’s 1400 building
* Rotary Club of North Forsyth -- noon Tuesdays at Coal Mountain Community Center
* Rotary Club of South Forsyth -- noon Wednesdays at Polo Fields Country Club
* Rotary Club of Forsyth County -- noon Thursdays at the Regions Bank, 515 Atlanta Road

Never Enough Shoes also accepts donations during the week at the following locations:
* Sovereign Rehabilitation, 5610 Bethelview Road, Suite 400
* St. Brendan’s Catholic Church, 4633 Shiloh Road (collection bin in back parking lot)
* Fisherman's Mechanic Shop, 562 Grayson Hwy., Lawrenceville

It’s been more than a year since the devastating earthquake hit Haiti’s capital, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Those who survived the disaster struggle to rebuild amid poverty and disease.

Forsyth County’s five Rotary Clubs are spending this month collecting shoes to help Haitians.

“We just thought this would be a great joint Rotary Club fundraiser,” said Shan Mize, president of the Rotary Club of Forsyth County. “We’ve collected at least 700 pairs just by ourselves.”

During an October mission trip to Haiti, Rotarians from the South Forsyth club and St. Brendan's Catholic Church worked to create a well to offer clean water to residents.

“One of the issues they kept on hearing was that people needed shoes,” said Kevin McDonough, president of the Rotary Club of South Forsyth. “When they got back, Sandi Smith was inspired to basically start a nonprofit.”

The organization, called Never Enough Shoes, collects used shoes and ships them to families in Haiti.

During their monthly presidents’ meeting, McDonough said Smith asked the presidents of the local Rotary Clubs to help out by collecting used, yet serviceable shoes from friends, family and the community.

“The idea is that they’re functional shoes,” McDonough said. "An old pair of high heels is not really going to get it done for what we’re looking for. The terrain there is still rough. There’s still rubble.

"And so old sneakers or tennis shoes, work boots ... something that can stand the terrain is an idea of what kind of shoes we’re looking for.”