Donate Shoes To Help Provide Safe Drinking Water


Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

That’s more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth.

“Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water,” the study says, “and over 90% live in rural areas.”

That’s why, for the fourth 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 for the past three years that we have been running this shoe collection drive. Once again, I ask individuals and organizations to help. We need your help collecting shoes and watching potential landfill turn into something very positive for 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 is 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 providing 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 50,000 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, 2015, at these locations:

Organization NameAddressCityPhone
Alpha Park Library3527 S Airport RoadBartonville(309) 697-3822
Lannert Chiropractic Center1302 W Garfield AvenueBartonville(309) 697-8604
Lasting Impressions617 W Garfield Street, Suite 3Bartonville(309) 697-1870
St. Anthony Church2525 S Skyway RoadBartonville(309) 697-0645
Canton Family YMCA1325 E Ash StreetCanton(309) 647-1616
Illinois Central College1 College DriveEast Peoria(309) 694-5522
Eureka Public Library202 S Main StreetEureka(309) 467-2922
Curves108 N Davenport StreetMetamora(309) 367-6001
Metamora Library208 E Partridge StreetMetamora(309) 367-4594
St. Mary Church415 W ChathamMetamora(309) 367-4407
St. Mary of Lourdes Church424 Lourdes Church RoadMetamora(309) 383-4460
Advent Lutheran Church1211 S Main StreetMorton(309) 266-5883
Alltrust Financial Management2010 W Jackson StreetMorton(309) 266-5400
Binkley Jewelers105 S Main StreetMorton(309) 263-1381
Blessed Sacrament Church225 E GreenwoodMorton(309) 266-9721
Bob Grimm Chevrolet2271 S Main StreetMorton(309) 263-2241
Brandon Wood Retirement Center730 W Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 263-7341
Care Solutions Home Healthcare618 W Jackson StreetMorton(309) 263-4787
Coldwell Banker101 W Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 263-7400
Community United Church of Christ300 N Main StreetMorton(309) 266-7263
Curves668 W Jackson StreetMorton(309) 266-8933
First Presbyterian Church1020 E Jackson StreetMorton(309) 263-7672
FJT Office Supply121 W Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 263-7130
Float620 W Jackson StreetMorton(309) 263-2492
Fortman’s Barbershop332 Detroit Avenue #1Morton(309) 266-9100
Gold’s Gym1630 N Main StreetMorton(309) 263-4653
Grace Church1199 – 1299 E Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 266-9281
Grimm Bros. Trucking1090 W Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 263-2390
Grimm Interiors111 W Washington StreetMorton(309) 266-5250
Grimm’s Inc140 S Main StreetMorton(309) 266-7092
Heartland Bank & Trust223 S Main StreetMorton(309) 263-8406
Heartland Bank & Trust179 E Courtland StreetMorton(309) 284-5301
Home Instead Senior Care104 W Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 263-4600
Kuhl & Company632 W Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 266-7300
Mike Murphy Ford565 W Jackson StreetMorton(309) 263-2311
Morton Buildings252 W Adams StreetMorton(309) 263-7474
Morton Community Bank721 W Jackson StreetMorton(309) 266-5337
Morton Community Bank218 N Main StreetMorton(309) 266-5337
Morton Community Bank1301 S Main StreetMorton(309) 266-5337
Morton Economic Development Council415 W Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 263-2491
Morton Mini Storage119 W JadewoodMorton(309) 264-4849
Morton Public Library315 W Pershing StreetMorton(309) 263-2200
Regions Bank805 W Jackson StreetMorton(309) 263-2100
ReMax Unlimited150 S Main StreetMorton(309) 263-1400
Rogy’s Learning Place420 Maxine DriveMorton(309) 263-2062
The Iona Group620 W Jackson StreetMorton(309) 263-4662
Training Domain710 S Erie StreetMorton(309) 266-6700
Trinity Mennonite Church1901 S Fourth StreetMorton(309) 263-8808
Upscale Resale109 S Main StreetMorton(309) 266-6089
Village Courts430 Edgewood Court Unit AMorton(309) 222-8767
Jacob’s Well Community Church304 Jersey AvenueNormal(309) 454-1020
St. Joseph Church303 S 7th StreetPekin(309) 347-6108
Buehler Home3415 N Sheridan RoadPeoria(309) 685-6236
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception607 NE Madison AvenuePeoria(309) 671-1550
Clubs at River City8603 N University StreetPeoria(309) 693-5700
Cullom-Davis Library1501 W Bradley AvenuePeoria(309) 677-2850
Gold’s Gym5131 W American Prairie DrivePeoria(309) 690-0009
Holy Family Church3720 N Sterling AvenuePeoria(309) 688-3427
Knights of Columbus7403 N Radnor RoadPeoria(309) 692-9696
Midstate College411 W Northmoor Road #102Peoria(309) 692-4092
Peoria Cursillo401 NE Madison AvenuePeoria(309) 676-5587
Peoria TEC402 NE Madison AvenuePeoria(309) 676-5588
RiverPlex600 NE Water StreetPeoria(309) 282-1700
Running Central311 Water StreetPeoria(309) 676-6378
Sacred Heart Church504 Fulton StreetPeoria(309) 671-1550
St. Ann Church1010 S LouisaPeoria(309) 674-5072
St. Bernard Church512 E Kansas StreetPeoria(309) 671-1550
St. Joseph Church103 S Richard Pryor PlacePeoria(309) 671-1550
St. Jude Church10811 N Knoxville AvenuePeoria(309) 243-7811
St. Mark Church1113 W Bradley AvenuePeoria(309) 673-1263
St. Philomena Church3300 N Twelve Oaks DrivePeoria(309) 682-8642
St. Vincent de Paul Church6001 N University StreetPeoria(309) 691-3602
Sylvan Learning Center7501 N University Street #218Peoria(309) 683-3601
Trinity Lutheran Church135 NE Randolph StreetPeoria(309) 676-4609
St. Thomas Church904 E Lake AvenuePeoria Heights(309) 688-3446
Haddad’s Market2407 W Rohmann AvenueWest Peoria(309) 674-0040
Immaculate Conception Convent2408 W Heading AvenueWest Peoria(309) 674-6168
Our Savior Lutheran Church1209 Kingsbury RoadWashington(309) 745-3917
Washington District Library380 N Wilmor RoadWashington(309) 444-2241
Washington District Library – Branch 16Sunnyland PlazaWashington(309) 444-2241