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Benedictine Collects Shoes for Good Cause
"I don't want your money. I want your sole. Your shoe sole, that is."
That's the motto of the Shoeman Water Project. They picked up nearly 2,000 used pairs of shoes collected by area schools.
Here's how the Shoeman Water Project works. The shoes they collect are sent to South America to be sold for pennies on the dollar through roadside vendors.
The money from those sales is then used to purchase drilling equipment for finding clean water in third-world countries.
"We've delivered four drilling rigs to Kenya so far, and just last week I got back from Kenya, where we drilled a well 500 feet deep and brought clean drinking water to about 2,000 people," George Hutchings, "the shoe man," said.
The Shoeman Water Project started in 2008. Since then, Hutchings said, they've provided low-cost shoes to hundreds of thousands, drilled 250 wells, and provided clean drinking water to more than 250,000 people.