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Donate your old shoes and get a $5 off coupon at Laurie’s Shoes
July 31, 2013

St. Louis Post Steals & Deals LogoTax-free weekend usually means summer is coming to an end and school is just around the corner.  To help kick off the tax-free weekend, Laurie’s Shoes and Shoeman Water Projects, a local non-profit that helps communities around the world by providing clean water to developing countries, has planned a coordinated effort from Aug. 2 through Aug. 31.  Click here for full article.

West Chicago church collects shoes to help Kenya, Haiti
July 29, 2013

chicago-media-daily-heraldIt’s probably not surprising somebody who goes by the nickname “The Shoeman” collects shoes. Lots and lots of shoes.

Fact is, George “The Shoeman” Hutchings is the kind of guy who could make Carrie Bradshaw jealous, the kind of guy who would have made Imelda Marcos insist on another closet, the kind of guy who could still make Michael Jordan …  Click here for full article.

5,000 Pairs of Shoes For Clean Water Programs
July 22, 2013

ChicagoTribune logoThe effort needed to collect 5,000 pairs of worn yet wearable shoes for charity would be a daunting challenge for any single organization. But the Green Disciples of the First United Methodist Church of West Chicago (the Church), who have made this their mission, have garnered the support of the larger community in West Chicago and elsewhere.  Click here for full article.

Donate to the Shoeman Water Projects Drive
July 18, 2013

KTVI logoGot some old shoes laying around the house?  Why not donate them to the “Shoeman Water Projects” which kicks off another driver Thursday.   The drive starts Thursday at Whole Foods Market on Brentwood near the Galleria Mall. It will run until August 18th.  Click here for full article.

Donate Your Old Shoes, Help Save Lives With Access to Clean Water
May 16, 2013

Peabody Patch LogoOne student at Covenant Christian Academy is collecting used shoes that will eventually be converted into enough funds to build a well halfway around the world for a village without access to clean water.  Click here for full article.

Shoeman Charity Solves Water Issues in Kenya, Haiti
May 6, 2013

National Driller LogoGeorge Hutchings was on a plane returning from water-drilling camp at Living Waters International when inspiration struck.  He realized that he could do more and in 2008 he started making a shoe impact.  Click here for full article.

StorageMart in Missouri Participates in Shoe Drive
April 30, 2013

StorageMart of Columbia and Jefferson City hosted a shoe drive with great results.  Filling a 150 square foot storage unit and collecting nearly 3,700 pairs of shoes.  Click here for full article.

St. Clair Art Students Asking for Help With Shoeman Water Projects
April 24, 2013

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St. Clair Junior High School art students have launched a project targeted at providing individuals in a Third World country with clean drinking water.  Through May 7, a quintet of seventh-graders are collecting gently used pairs of old shoes as part of the Shoeman Water Project.  Click here for full article.


St. Louis Cardinals and Green Week
April 18, 2013

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In celebration of the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, the St. Louis Cardinals will host their 4th annual Green Week, April 22 through April 29, with activities designed to promote recycling, both inside and outside of Busch Stadium.  The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects, will collect shoes at Busch Stadium gates before the games on Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27. Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted shoes, tie or band them together, and drop them in the designated shoe collection bags.  Click here to read full article.

Can you go a day without shoes?
April 18, 2013

The National Communication Association Student Club at Truman State University hosted its second annual “TOMS One Day without Shoes” to bring awareness to the problem.  They asked for people to go barefoot and donate a pair of shoes for Shoeman Water Projects.  Click here to read full article.

How one person can get an entire community involved!
April 17, 2013

Since 2010, Salem Lutheran Church’s has been collecting shoes for Shoeman Water Projects’ Community Shoe Drive with the help of Diann Brechbuhl.  With her spearheading the effort the community of Jacksonville, IL, has collected over 16,000 shoes.  Click here to read full article.

40-Day Community Shoe Drive!
April 9, 2013

Newburyportnews logoHope Community Church is spearheading a 40-day shoe collection drive with Shoeman Water Projects.  Beginning on April 7 and continuing through May 18, churches, schools and businesses in four towns within Essex County, MA, will be accepting gently used shoes.  Click here to read full article.

Whole Foods Market® is Greening the World One Shoe at a Time!
April 4, 2013

wholefoodsWorld Water Day was March 22 and Earth Day is April 22.  Both of these days are celebrated internationally because they help bring awareness to a growing problem – lack of water and general appreciation for our natural resources.  To help bring awareness to both efforts, Whole Foods Market is partnering with Shoeman Water Projects.  Click here to read full article.

Earth Day In Sunset Hills Set For April 14
March 22, 2013

George “The Shoeman” will help kick off Sunset Hills 3rd Annual Earth Day celebration on April 14.  Click here to read full article.

The Battle of the Boot is back on!
March 21, 2013

SLU and Washington University are in their yearly battle for the coveted Battle of the Boot award.  The school who collects the most shoes wins.  Between now and May 31 SLU hopes to collect 7,000 pounds of shoes.  Click here to read full article.

Local Dancers To Turn Shoes Into Water 
March 15, 2013

Used shoes collected by My King Studio between March 10 – April 10 will get a second life and deliver clean water to the less fortunate!  Click here to read full article.

George talks to Desloge Chamber about turning shoes into water!
February 11, 2013

George “The Shoeman” knows what a difference a pair of shoes can make in the lives of people. Not only can they cover and protect a set of bare feet but, in a roundabout way, they can provide water for a small village or town halfway around the world.  Click here to read full article.

Wildwood City Hall becomes permanent drop off location!
January 27, 2013

Beginning 2013 Wildwood City Hall has become a permanent drop off location for Shoeman Water Projects.  Click here to read full article.

Blades Elementary School Shoe Drive Challenge
January 21, 2013

Blades Elementary School has a 30 day challenge to collect as many shoes as possible for Shoeman Water Projects – Boys vs. Girls!  Click here to view video.

St. Louis County Library Partnership
January 18, 2013

slcl_logo_fullAll 20 of the St. Louis County Library locations are partnering with Shoeman Water Projects between January 21 – February 28.

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Shoeman Heads to Haiti
January 14, 2013

ksdk logoChannel 5 (KSDK) went with George “The Shoeman” Hutchings and his team to see first hand how water changes lives.  This trip marks Georges fifth trip to Haiti to installs water purification systems and provide education.  Click here to view video.


New City School collects 1,090 pairs of shoes
January 8, 2013

NCS logoOver the course of 21 days, New City School with the help of River Kids, a volunteer school run group that brings awareness to water, locally and internationally, collected 1,090 pairs of shoes for Shoeman Water Projects.  That is 51 pairs of shoes a day!  Click here to read full article.


Shoeman Heads to Haiti
January 02, 2013

First Christian Church of Christ in St. Charles, MO, created a tribute song on Shoeman Water Projects.  In 2012 they collected over 2,012 and hope to be even more successful in 2013.  Click here to view video.

Shoeman Water Projects collects 1,300 pairs of shoes
October 23, 2012

The Sawyer/Washburn County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans celebrated a generous donation to the Shoeman Water Project, which focuses on bringing clean water to people in third-world countries that lack access to safe drinking water.  Click here to read the full article.

Spoede Elementary Students Participate in Shoeman Water Projects
October 22, 2012

spoede elementary school logoThe Spoede Elementary School student council is leading an effort to collect shoes for the Shoeman Water Projects, an organization which collects thousands of donated used and new shoes from school service projects, church mission projects, business drop locations and business in-house shoe drives.  Click here to read the full article.

Berryville Middle School hosting charity shoe drive
October 11, 2012

Sole Food is a project in Southwest Missouri to turn used shoes into food for the hungry. Shoes in any condition — the good, the bad, and the ugly are collected and sold to The Shoeman. All proceeds are then given to Friends Against Hunger.

The Shoeman then extends the benefit even more by reselling the shoes to distributors in needy countries. The money from his sales is used to purchase well drilling rigs, water filtration systems, and other supplies to bring clean, fresh water to those who thirst.  Click here to read the full article.

Successful Shoe Drive Hosted by United Methodist Women
September 27, 2012

The United Methodist Women (UMW) is an organization of the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Festus. Each year the UMW selects local and international organizations to support.  This year they selected Shoeman Water Projects, which collects used shoes to help provide clean water to people in more than 75 different countries around the world.

Beginning in 2012 the UMW began to review organizations to support. By May, Shoeman Water Projects (SWP) was selected and by June shoes were being collected. The goal set was 200 pairs of shoes and $200 in donations by the end of August. Over the course of three months the goal was exceeded. A total of 700 pairs of shoes and $1,706.23 in cash donations were collected from church members and friends.  Click here to read the full article.

Shoeman Water Projects Adopted by St. Mark’s Lutheran Students
September 23, 2012

Students already are working hard on their first service project of the year:  Helping Shoeman Water Projects, a non-profit organization whose volunteers raise money for wells and water purification systems in Africa. Students are donating shoes, chapel offerings and volunteer hours. Pastor George “The Shoeman” Hutchings recently stopped by St. Mark’s School to say hello and attend weekly chapel service with students.  Click here to read the full article.

Eureka School Collecting Shoes for Clean Water Project
September 18, 2012

Students at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Eureka are taking part in a project with a lot of “sole”.

They’re trying to collect as many pairs of shoes as possible to be shipped overseas as part of the Fenton-based Shoeman Water Project.

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Shoeman Water Projects “Share H2OPE” Cocktail Dinner and Auction
September 8, 2012

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Shoeman SHARE H2OPE Gala
September 7, 2012

George ‘The Shoeman’ Hutchings stopped by the station to give Tim an update on the water projects he is working on.

An upcoming gala will be held on September 8. It’s called “SHARE H2OPE” and will be held at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac to help raise funds for wells, water purification systems and other key supplies.

A few great items that will be auctioned off at the Silent Auction are…

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Shoeman Water Projects announces the SHARE H2OPE Gala
August 16, 2012

Shoeman Water Projects, a part of the non-profit organization Eagle Wings Ministries, is announcing the SHARE H2OPE Gala to be held on Saturday, September 8 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.  The Gala will include live and silent auctions and raffles with proceeds going toward well drilling rigs, purification systems and training programs.

This festive and philanthropic evening will offer guests a chance to win autographed sports memorabilia, art from African artists, spa packages and more.  Additionally, guests will enjoy live music, open bar and hor d’oeurves.

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Dearborn teen collects shoes for charity
July 22, 2012
By Ray Scherer

Baylie Wilson never knew how much hundreds of pairs of shoes could mean in providing drinking water to unknown people overseas.

Yet that’s what the 15-year-old from Dearborn, Mo., accomplished this month by participating in a ministry that uses funds generated from the export of shoes to supply fresh water systems in foreign countries.

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Be a Shoeman Goodwill Ambassador
July 17, 2012

Shoeman Water Projects collects new and used shoes to help provide clean water to Kenya, Haiti, and South America.  They have added a new service to help bring clean water to the world – Shoeman Water Training.  Through Shoeman Water Training, individuals and organizations planning charitable or mission trips can receive specialized training to install water purification systems as part of their trip.

Every day, thousands of people around the world die because of preventable water-borne diseases.  These diseases that cause severe diarrhea, such as e.coli, cholera, and typhoid, are especially deadly. Every 21 seconds, a child dies from diarrhea.  This amounts to approximately 4,100 deaths a day according to  Shoeman Water Training helps provide a simple, affordable and sustainable solution for communities in need of clean water.

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St. Louis Beacon
Water from the soles of your soles
June 29, 2012
By Nick Fandos

George P. Hutchings has a hard time hearing over the din of his Fenton warehouse. The cumulative noises of the echo-filled space is usually too much for the 63-year-old former Marine whose hearing was injured in battle. The problem was compounded on an unusually busy day recently, when the batteries in his hearing aids died.

“You’ll have to speak louder,” Hutchings shouts as he pulls a bottle of clean drinking water out of a warehouse refrigerator before making his rounds.

“Over here we’ve got 700 pounds of shoes coming in from Kansas City. Earlier this week we got about 15,000 pounds of shoes in from Nebraska,” Hutchings says, surrounded by shoe-filled boxes.

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Washington University ‘Loses’ the Battle of the Boot
June 19, 2012
By Maggie Rotermund

The Shoeman Water Projects, a non-profit charity, worked with Saint Louis University and Washington University to compete for the Battle of the Boot. This friendly competition pinned school against school to collect the most new or used shoes.

The shoes will get a second life in Kenya, Haiti and Chile, and their sale will fund drills or water filtration systems that can access fresh, clean water.

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