The employees of the Courthouse celebrated on Tuesday with a Subway party, hosted by the Friends of the Animal Shelter. The celebration was in honor of the win over the MDO Extreme and others that participated in the Shoe Drive that the Friends held to raise money for the animal shelter.
The Friends of the Jacksboro Animal Shelter hosted the shoe drive, in coordination with the Funds2 Org, who takes “gently used” shoes that can be re-purposed. According to the Funds2 Org website
“Gently worn, used and new shoes collected through YOUR shoe drive fundraiser are used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a micro-enterprise. The shoes collected by YOUR fundraiser will help to create sustainable economic impact in countries that need it the most. Shoes from YOUR shoe fundraiser are consolidated and shipped to on-the-ground business operators where they clean or make minor repairs. The shoes you collect will empower individuals to provide basic necessities for families, while helping your organization meet its financial goals.
With 86 LARGE bags collected, the fundraiser brought in enough shoes to make Imelda Marcus proud! It definitely brought smiles to the Friends directors, Kim Gibby and Jessica Miller.
Once the shoes get to the F2O headquarters they will be weighed. The Friends will receive a check for the shoes, according to the overall weight. The goal is to reach 2500 pounds, to avoid a processing fee. A quick “on the spot” guess from those loading the 86 bags was that the 2500 pounds would be a “shoe in”!
With the bags from Jack County loaded, the truck left Jacksboro, headed toward Louisiana after a stop in Dallas. Apparently there are a lot of shoes in need of new feet, and people willing to donate to the cause. Driver, John Laboy, was looking forward to getting home from the days-long trip.
Not wanting him to have to make the drive alone, Jessica Miller was ready to fix him up with a friendly companion! Having 2 dogs that are in dire need of adoption, Laboy is still considering the prospect.
Rosie and Buster are the perfect examples of the beautiful animals that will benefit from the shoe drive. Miller says that their time is getting short and the friends are looking for families that are willing to give them a new home. Rosie, a pit mix, and Buster, a boxer mix are hoping for the same. As Laboy took the dogs out of their kennels it was clear to see they were anxious to find their “human”. Both dogs are available for adoption now.
Miller says the friends may try another shoe drive in the future. All agreed, collecting money for the shelter is great for the shelter, and providing good shoes for those in need is…get ready for it…great for the sole (soul).