Donate Shoes To Help Provide Safe Drinking Water


663 million people – 1 in 10 – lack access to safe water, according to the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

That’s why, for the fifth consecutive year, The Iona Group and Float, in partnership with St. Ann’s WATCH program, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois.

“The Peoria area community has been absolutely terrific over the past four years that our team has been running this shoe collection drive. Once again, I ask individuals and organizations to help. We need your help bringing in your pairs of shoes; whatever condition those shoes may be in, this shoe drive will take them. Also we need your help getting the word out; tell your friends, neighbors, coworkers; the more shoes we collect, the better off our local landfills will be and the shoes collected will benefit those who are most in need,” said Tom Marchal, President and CEO of Iona and Float.

All new and used shoes collected – flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. – will be donated to WaterStep with several purposes in mind. The shoes are sold in large quantities to a distributor, and the money raised is used by WaterStep to fund water treatment systems in third-world countries. Of those donated shoes, usable shoes will be sold by local merchants in poorer regions of the world. The funds raised will help these merchants provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, recipients of these shoes will be protected from abrasions, parasites and mites.

WaterStep is an organization focused on providing safe and reliable drinking water all over the world.

This nonprofit organization’s mission is to help many of the world’s problems by providing access to clean water.

By using their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people going into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects, WaterStep provides more people with access to clean water and sanitation.

Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 75,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor, resulting in safe drinking water for thousands of people worldwide.

Volunteers are being asked to host a drop-off box at their organization. When their organization’s box is full, they can bring the shoes during business hours to the drop-off trailer set up at Iona and Float’s office at 620 West Jackson Street in Morton. If you would like more information, call Denise Henderson at 309-263-4662 or send an email to


Shoe donations will be accepted from August 1 – 31, 2016, at these locations:

Organization NameAddressCityPhone
Alpha Park Library3527 South Airport RoadBartonville(309) 697-3822
Fitness America4503 Pfeiffer RoadBartonville(309) 697-9101
Limestone Community High School4201 South Airport RoadBartonville(309) 370-2623
Lannert Chiropractic Center1302 West Garfield AvenueBartonville(309) 697-8604
Lasting Impressions617 West Garfield Street, Suite 3Bartonville(309) 697-1870
St. Anthony Church2525 South Skyway RoadBartonville(309) 697-0645
St. Peter Lutheran Church1777 County Road 2000 EBenson(309) 394-2507
Fon Du Lac Park District201 Veterans DriveEast Peoria(309) 699-3923
iTV-3602 High Point LaneEast Peoria(309) 670-1291
East Peoria Mennonite Church125 North Norwood PlaceEast Peoria(309) 699-8713
G&D Integrated401/403 Carver LaneEast Peoria
Dayspring Native American United Methodist Church201 North Norwood PlaceEast Peoria(309) 698-2527
Faith United Methodist Church2403 Springfield RoadEast Peoria(309) 694-1941
Eureka Public Library202 South Main StreetEureka(309) 467-2922
St. John’s Catholic Church212 NE 1st StreetGalva(309) 883-1715
Glasford Baptist Church209 East 5th StreetGlasford(309) 389-5758
Goodfield Community Church201 East Robinson StreetGoodfield(309) 965-2431
St. John Paul II Parish406 West Central Blvd.Kewanee(309) 883-1715
Visitation Catholic School101 South Lexington AvenueKewanee(309) 883-1715
Christian Union Church925 W Walnut StreetMetamora(309) 367-4603
Curves108 North Davenport StreetMetamora(309) 367-6001
Metamora Library208 East Partridge StreetMetamora(309) 367-4594
St. Mary of Lourdes424 Lourdes Church RoadMetamora(309) 383-4460
St. Mary’s Parish415 West ChathamMetamora(309) 367-4407
Advent Lutheran Church1211 South Main StreetMorton(309) 266-5883
Alltrust Financial Management210 West Jackson StreetMorton(309) 266-5400
Bethel Lutheran Ministries325 East Queenwood RoadMorton(309) 263-2417
Binkley Jewelers105 South Main StreetMorton(309) 263-1381
Blessed Sacrament225 East GreenwoodMorton(309) 266-9721
Bob Grimm Chevrolet2271 South Main StreetMorton(309) 263-2241
Brandon Wood Retirement Community730 West Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 263-7341
Care Solutions Home Healthcare618 West Jackson StreetMorton(309) 263-4787
Coldwell Banker101 West JeffersonMorton(309) 263-7400
Community United Church of Christ300 North Main StreetMorton(309) 266-7263
Curves668 West Jackson StreetMorton(309) 266-8933
Elevate Church1060 East Jackson StreetMorton(309) 263-0175
First Presbyterian Church of Morton1020 East Jackson StreetMorton(309) 263-7672
FJT Office Supplies121 West Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 263-7130
Fortman’s Barbershop332 Detroit Avenue #1Morton(309) 266-9100
G&D Integrated50 Commerce DriveMorton(309) 266-1177
Gold’s Gym1630 North Main StreetMorton(309) 263-4653
Grimm Brothers Trucking1090 West Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 263-2390
Grimms Inc.140 South Main StreetMorton(309) 266-7092
Heartland Bank & Trust179 East Courtland StreetMorton(309) 263-8406
Heartland Bank & Trust223 South Main StreetMorton(309) 263-8406
Home Instead Senior Care104 West Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 263-4600
Jim Maloof Realtor405 North Morton AvenueMorton(309) 266-9200
Kuhl & Company Insurance632 West Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 266-7300
Mike Murphy Ford565 West Jackson StreetMorton(309) 263-2311
Morton Buildings Inc.252 West AdamsMorton(309) 263-7474
Morton Community Bank1301 South Main StreetMorton(309) 266-5337
Morton Community Bank721 West Jackson StreetMorton(309) 266-5337
Morton Community Bank218 North Main StreetMorton(309) 266-5337
Morton Economic Development Council415 West Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 263-2491
Morton Mini Storage119 West JadewoodMorton(309) 264-4849
Morton Public Library315 West Pershing StreetMorton(309) 263-2200
RE/MAX Unlimited150 South Main StreetMorton(309) 263-1400
Regions Bank805 West Jackson StreetMorton(309) 263-2100
Rogy’s Learning Place420 Maxine DriveMorton(309) 263-2062
Touch of Wellness Chiropractic326 South Main Street, Suite AMorton(309) 321-8412
Training Domain710 South Erie StreetMorton(309) 266-6700
Trinity Church1901 South Fourth AvenueMorton(309) 263-8808
Upscale Resale109 South Main StreetMorton(309) 266-6089
Jacob’s Well Community Church304 Jersey AvenueNormal(309) 454-1020
St. Joseph303 South 7th StreetPekin(309) 347-6108
Accenture411 Hamilton Blvd., Suite 1100Peoria(309) 674-3801
Barbara Fields Library (Midstate College)411 West Northmoor Road #102Peoria(309) 692-4092
Buehler Home3415 North Sheridan RoadPeoria(309) 685-6236
Clubs at River City8603 North University StreetPeoria(309) 693-5700
CrossFit North Peoria8002 North Sommer StreetPeoria(309) 232-2367
G&D Integrated9000 North UniversityPeoria
Gold’s Gym5131 West American Prairie Dr.Peoria(309) 690-0009
Greater Peoria Family YMCA7000 Fleming LanePeoria(309) 692-7631
Holy Family Parish3720 North SterlingPeoria(309) 688-3427
K of C, Spalding Council #4277403 North Radnor RoadPeoria(309) 692-9696
Peoria Cursillo/TEC401 NE Madison AvenuePeoria(309) 676-5587
RiverPlex600 NE Water StreetPeoria(309) 282-1700
St. Ann Parish1010 South Louisa StreetPeoria(309) 674-5072
St. Jude Parish10811 North Knoxville AvenuePeoria(309) 243-7811
St. Mark’s Parish1113 West Bradley AvenuePeoria(309) 673-1263
St. Thomas3300 North Twelve Oaks DrivePeoria(309) 682-8642
St. Vincent de Paul Parish6001 North UniversityPeoria(309) 691-3602
Sylvan Learning Center7501 North University Street #218Peoria(309) 683-3601
Trinity Lutheran Church135 NE Randolph AvenuePeoria(309) 676-4609
St. Thomas904 East Lake AvenuePeoria Heights(309) 688-3446
St. Patrick’s Parish705 East JeffersonWashington(309) 444-3524
Washington District Library380 North Wilmor RoadWashington(309) 444-2241
Washington District Library – Branch 1616 Sunnyland PlazaWashington(309) 444-2241
Haddad’s Market2407 West Rohmann AvenueWest Peoria(309) 674-0040
Immaculate Conception Convent2408 West Heading AvenueWest Peoria(309) 674-6168