Historical Society holding ‘Shoe Drive’ fundraiser for new museum project

For the Tomahawk Leader

TOMAHAWK – The Tomahawk Area Historical Society is currently holding a new fundraiser that will help out a pair of causes.

Through the Historical Society’s “Shoe Drive,” which will last several months, all kinds of used, gently worn and new shoes are being collected via donations, including men’s, women’s and kids’ sneakers, boots, crocs and cleats.

A company out of Florida, which the Historical Society is collaborating with, will then send the donated shoes to Third World countries for those in need, while paying the Historical Society for the shoes.

The funds raised will go towards the Historical Society’s efforts to construct a new museum behind the Old Kindergarten Museum on E. Washington Ave. The new building will house antique printing equipment in one wing and a collection of Tomahawk-made boats and related memorabilia in another.

The Historical Society noted that the situation is a “win-win” and said the response so far has been “infectious.”

“Everyone seems to have shoes they don’t wear,” the Historical Society stated. “Please donate what you can. We need thousands of shoes to be successful.”

The Historical Society added that an idea that has already proved effective is to gather leftover shoes from local garage sales.

There are several drop-off locations around Tomahawk, including Trig’s, Qualheim’s True Value, the Tomahawk Post Office, Kracker Barrel, Prairie Rapids Tavern, Tomahawk Main Street Inc. and Crossbridge Community Bank.

For more information or for bulk pick-up, call 715-966-0253.

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