According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following are a few statistics about healthcare in the United States:
- Per capita, health expenditures for the nation are $9,990.
- The country spends $3.2 trillion on healthcare.
- Health expenditures accounted for 17.8 percent of the Gross Domestic Product in 2015.
- For hospital care, the nation spent 32.3 percent on hospital care.
- 8 percent was spent on health expenses for physicians and clinical services.
Unfortunately, medical expenses in the United States are significant as compared to the rest of the world. In fact, many families have found themselves in serious situations concerning debt because they have not been able to afford the medical expenses they must pay for their medical needs.
Creative Fundraising Idea
Shoes With Heart has had a first-hand look at the needs of many families throughout the U.S. We’ve seen parents come to us because their child was in need of medical equipment, for instance, and they had done everything they could asking people for money. We’ve heard the concern in their voices when bank loans have been declined, and they’ve had to figure out other ways to raise critical funds.
We know what it’s like to be the creative fundraising idea solution for families in need of money for medical expenses. When families we’ve partnered with have collected gently worn, used and new shoes they’ve learned that with our shoe drive fundraisers there are two things they did not have to do:
- There’s been no need to ask anyone for money.
- By partnering with us, no one has had to sell merchandise to friends, families or co-workers.
10 Pairs of Shoes Per Home
In most homes in the U.S., there are approximately 10 to 15 pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes that families no longer want or need. Depending on age, children can go through as many as four pairs of shoes in a year. People who are runners tend to go through sneakers quickly; shoes go out of style. There are many reasons why families have so many shoes at home that could become currency for your fundraiser.
Shoe Drive Fundraising Formula
When you collect shoes for this creative fundraiser, the more footwear you gather, the more money you earn. It’s that easy. There are a few other reasons why shoe drive fundraisers make a lot of sense for people wanting to raise funds for their medical expenses. Again, they’re not asking for money, but they’re also providing the people they know and their entire communities with a socially responsible way to dispose of all of the shoes that are hidden in closets, storage bins or garages. As the world focuses on the environment, textiles like shoes going into the trash are harmful to our planet because it can take an entire lifetime to decompose. Repurposingshoes not only give families in need of medical services, equipment or costs an opportunity to fundraise, but it also provides inventory to micro-entrepreneursand their families in developing nations seeking work opportunities.
There’s a reason why so many families have looked into this creative fundraiser; it works!
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