Published on July 13, 2015

Unique Project Will Benefit Genesis We Honor Veterans Program

 

Participants in the Quad-City Times Bix 7 can support veterans in a special and unique way at the annual Bix 7 Expo on July 23-24.

By donating unwanted and gently used shoes, veterans at the end of life will benefit from the Genesis We Honor Veterans program.

Gently used footwear that is donated at the Genesis We Honor Veterans booth at the Expo will be recycled.  For each 5,000 pounds of shoes donated, the Genesis We Honor Veterans program will receive a donation of approximately $2,000.

We Honor Veterans is a national program of the Veterans Administration and hospice care providers across the country.  Genesis hospice patients who are veterans, nearing the end of life, are celebrated in a ceremony.  They are recognized for their military service by hospice volunteers, who are often veterans themselves.

“We are honored to be recognized as a charity recipient from this unique project,’’ said Pat Christy, operations manager, Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.  “The ceremonies to honor veterans at the end of life are very meaningful to the veterans, families and to our staff.

“Thousands of runners and walkers participate every year in the Quad-City Times Bix 7.  We hope each one of them can find a pair of shoes, or hopefully many pairs, to donate for reuse.’’

The donated shoes are used as affordable footwear in markets around the world.  Others will walk miles in your shoes.

Nearly all shoes are accepted.  Exceptions include rubber flip flops, slippers, roller blades, roller skates, ice skates, ski boots or sneakers covered in mud.

The shoes should have good soles and no holes as others in developing nations will be wearing them.

Anyone can donate their gently used or unwanted shoes. You do not have to participate in the Quad-City Times Bix 7 to make a donation.

Bix 7 Expo hours will be 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, July 24.

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