MTSU/School of Nursing launches shoe drive fundraiser

Classic Cuts in Sparta is drop-off point


 MTSU School of Nursing is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser, August and September 2021, to raise funds for the American Heart Association. The School of Nursing will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Org will issue a check for the collected shoes. Those dollars will benefit the Am. Heart Association. Anyone can help by donating gently worn shoes at a drop off point at Classic Cuts at 235 Mayberry St. in Sparta.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with small businesses in helping them create, maintain and grow their businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shore drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send her son to college!

“We are excited about our shoe drive” commented Dr. Barbara Whitman Lancaster, Associate Professor at MTSU’s School of Nursing and Heart Walk Coordinator.  “We know that most people have an extra pair of shoes in their closets that they have not worn in while and could donate to this worthy cause. By doing so, we raise money for the American Heart Association and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It is a win-win situation for everyone. Let’s clean out our closets and help our neighbors in developing countries.”

By donating gently worn used and new shoes to the MTSU School of Nursing fundraiser, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world and those individuals affected by heart disease will benefit through the efforts of the American Heart Association.

Contact Dr. Lancaster at for further details or questions.

We look forward to your donation and thank Stephanie Curtis, LMT and the folks at Classic Cuts  for being willing to be a drop off point.

--Barbara Lancaster, is a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor, School of Nursing


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