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Locker Lunch holds ‘hugely successful’ shoe drive

The Iron County Locker Lunch program held a shoe drive fundraiser this fall. Shoes were collected from local residents and organizations, stored in bags and piled up in the basement of Dina Mia Kitchens. On Jan. 8, West Iron County High School students moved the approximately 2,500 shoes upstairs for loading onto a Penske rental truck.  The shoes are to be transported to Orlando, Fla, where the organization Funds2Orgs will then send the shoes overseas. The Locker Lunch program, directed by Sue Fritz and her daughter-in-law Susan Fritz, will receive a check from Funds2Orgs based on the weight of the shoes.

IRON RIVER — In mid-September of 2019, the Locker Lunch program in Iron County began a shoe drive fundraiser to raise funds for purchasing food for local children and to help people in underdeveloped countries.
    That effort lasted through mid-November and culminated on Jan. 8 when the shoes – more than 2,500 of them – were loaded onto a Penske rental truck by West Iron County high school student volunteers and sent on their way.
    The shoes will eventually end up with Orlando, Florida-based Funds2Orgs, which will issue a check to Locker Lunch based on the total weight of the shoes.
    And that should be a significant number given how quickly the students began to sweat as they passed the bags along a chain from the basement of the Dina Mia Kitchens building up the stairs to a loading dock, where they were then transported onto the truck.
    At the end of the drive, Locker Lunch had collected 115 bags with approximately 25 pairs of shoes, boots, slipper, flip-flops, etc. (children sizes to adult) in each.
    “I think it’s been hugely successful, beyond my dreams” said Locker Lunch President Sue Fritz of the campaign. “You know, you always hear that comment ‘It takes a village,’ and it certainly does. But more than that, it took this village to get it done. And this village is what made it all happen, Iron County.”

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