East Stroudsburg, Monroe County - In the spirit of giving, Pocono Medical Center's (PMC's) Environmental Awareness Council set-up red bins to collect shoes through the TerraCycle Shoe Brigade in December. The goal of the effort was to recycle old shoes through TerraCycle to help raise money for the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center. This also reduces landfills with shoes and reuses new or gently worn shoes by donating them to the needy in our community.
The process involved employees and visitors donating shoes and then they were sent to TerraCycle to be recycled into various products. TerraCycle received 328 pairs in December. Recently, 364 pairs of shoes remaining were donated to four local community outreach programs. The programs include the following:
- 70 pairs - Women's Resources of Monroe County
- 98 pairs - Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Center
- 98 pairs - Bushkill Outreach
- 98 pairs - Wesleyan Church
To date the brigade efforts of the
council have resulted in over $300.00 being donated to the Dale and Frances
Hughes Cancer Center. "When you add it up, that brings our total shoes collected
at 1,384 and out of the landfills. We did make a difference! This was a huge
success," commented Barbara Doerflein and Sandra Adams, Co-chairs of PMC's
Environmental Awareness Council.
(Info from Geoffrey Roche Community/Government Relations Coordinator)