Donate Shoes To Help Provide Safe Drinking Water


More than 700 million people don’t have access to safe drinking water, according to a 2013 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That’s about 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. What’s more, the study reveals that 36 percent of the world’s population – 2.5 billion people – lack facilities that have the ability to hygienically sanitize water.

WaterStep is a nonprofit organization focused on providing safe and reliable drinking water all over the world. WaterStep knows that many of the world’s problems could be cured with access to clean water. By providing water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who are going into areas with unclean water, WaterStep provides more people with access to clean water and sanitation.

That’s why The Iona Group and Float Mobile Learning, in partnership with St. Ann’s WATCH program, are co-sponsoring a WaterStep shoe drive August 1-31 at locations throughout the Morton area.

All new and used shoes collected – flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. – will be donated to WaterStep with one of two purposes in mind. First, usable shoes are sold to an exporter, and the funds raised help bring clean water to those in need. Additionally, portions of unusable shoes may be recycled, eliminating hundreds of tons in landfill waste.

Over the last two years, with the support of the local community, more than 22,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor, resulting in safe drinking water for thousands of people worldwide.

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:

Company NameAddressCityPhone
Alpha Park Library3527 South Airport RoadBartonville(309) 697-3822
Lannert Chiropractic Center1302 West Garfield AvenueBartonville(309) 697-8604
Lasting Impressions617 West Garfield St., Suite 3Bartonville(309) 697-1870
St. Anthony Catholic Church2525 South Skyway RoadBartonville(309) 697-0645
Canton Family YMCA1325 East AshCanton(309) 647-1616
Prospect United Methodist Church300 East Ash StreetDunlap(309) 243-7300
Illinois Central College Atrium1 College DriveEast Peoria(309) 694-5522
Bethany Baptist Church7422 North Heinz LaneEdwards(309) 692-1755
Eureka Public Library202 South Main StreetEureka(309) 467-2922
Mika’s Coffee House112 South Main StreetEureka(309) 467-2252
Glasford Baptist Church209 East 5th StreetGlasford(309) 389-5758
Metamora Library208 East Partridge StreetMetamora(309) 367-4594
St. Mary’s Catholic Church415 West ChathamMetamora(309) 367-4407
St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church424 Lourdes Church RoadMetamora(309) 383-4460
Alltrust Financial Management210 West Jackson StreetMorton(309) 266-5400
Binkley Jewelers105 South Main StreetMorton(309) 263-1381
Brandon Wood Retirement Community730 West Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 263-7341
Care Solutions Home Healthcare618 West Jackson StreetMorton(309) 263-4787
Coldwell Banker113 North Main StreetMorton(309) 263-7400
First Presbyterian Church of Morton1020 East Jackson StreetMorton(309) 263-7672
FJT Office Supplies121 West Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 263-7130
Gold’s Gym1630 North Main StreetMorton(309) 263-4653
Grace Evangelical Church1199-1299 East Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 266-9281
Grimm Brothers Trucking1090 West Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 263-2390
Grimm Interiors111 West Washington StreetMorton(309) 266-5250
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
Inspired Arts Academy2137 South Main StreetMorton(309) 340-4520
Kuhl & Company Insurance632 West Jefferson StreetMorton(309) 266-7300
Lighthouse Buick GMC100 West Jackson StreetMorton(309) 266-1919
Mike Murphy Ford565 West Jackson StreetMorton(309) 263-2311
Morton Community Bank721 West Jackson StreetMorton(309) 266-5337
Morton Community Bank1301 South Main 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 W Jadewood StMorton(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
Training Domain710 South Erie StreetMorton(309) 266-6700
Trinity Mennonite Church1901 South Fourth AvenueMorton(309) 263-8808
Upscale Resale109 South Main StreetMorton(309) 266-6089
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church303 South 7th StreetPekin(309) 347-6108
Bradley University Library1501 West Bradley AvenuePeoria(309) 677-2850
Dr. Martin Ruelas, DDS10330 N Juliet CourtPeoria(309) 243-8455
Gold’s Gym5131 West American Prairie Dr.Peoria(309) 690-0009
Holy Family Catholic Church3720 North Sterling AvenuePeoria(309) 688-3427
Peoria Cursillo/TEC Center401 NE Madison AvenuePeoria(309) 676-5587
St. Ann Catholic Church1010 South Louisa StreetPeoria(309) 674-5072
St. Jude Catholic Church10811 North Knoxville AvenuePeoria(309) 243-7811
St. Mark’s Catholic Church1113 West Bradley AvenuePeoria(309) 673-1263
St. Philomena Catholic Church3300 North Twelve Oaks DrivePeoria(309) 682-8642
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church6001 North UniversityPeoria(309) 691-3602
Washington District Library380 North Wilmor RoadWashington(309) 444-2241