(This piece was originally published on April 1, 2017 in The Batesville Herald Tribune.)

Guys & Gals Quarters Salon & Day Spa is conducting a shoe drive April 3-May 4 to raise funds for the Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana’s leading environmental educator and advocate. HEC officials are committed to building a cleaner, greener and healthier Indiana for all.

Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used (even sports shoes) or new shoes at the Batesville business.

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Tamara Lamping, Guys & Gals Quarters owner. “We know that most people have as much as 15 extra pairs of shoes in their closets they would like donate to us and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient.”

Salon coordinator Barbara Hettesheimer added, “It’s a win-win for everyone.”

HEC will earn funds based on the total weight of the shoes collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated footwear. Those dollars will be donated in memory of Corinne Lamping and will benefit HEC.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations. Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send her son to law school.

Guys & Gals Quarters originated in 1977 in Oldenburg and about 10 years later opened a second location in Batesville. Tamara Lamping’s drive and passion for the industry evolved the hair salon into Guys & Gals Quarters Salon & Day Spa in 1998.

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