Council 11862, at St. Michael the Archangel parish in Garland found an “Outside the Box” way to support the American Wheelchair Foundation. In less than three months, a campaign to collect slightly worn shoes funded the Council's donation of six wheelchairs to the charity.
In July, 2012, the council and Dallas, TX clothing recycling company, World Wear Project, LLC created this unique fund-raiser. World Wear Project provided bins, branded with the parish and Council names and custom artwork, and placed the bins in the church narthex. Parishioners drop shoes they no longer wear in the bins. The company picks up the shoes and pays the council for the weight collected. There is no cost to the Council or the parish.
Contact Mike Courtney, Deputy Grand Knight of Council 11862 for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 214-638-7551 ext. 205.
Park(ing) Day Dallas 2012
Last year we were only able to attend. This year we were able to participate. Park(ing) Day Dallas was on Friday, September 21, 2012. The weather was great, if a bit warm. There were lots of participants and plenty of Dallasites wondering just what was going on. It was Park(ing) Day Dallas, a community-focused event that challenges the definition of public space. PARK(ing) Day was developed in 2005 as a guerilla art project by Rebar and has spread from its origin in San Francisco to over 160 cities around the world (all participating on the same day). The grassroots project has been adapted by independent groups to champion creative, social or political causes relevant to individual communities. The event was brought to downtown Dallas in 2011 by area residents with a mission to be a forum for constructive change; local organizations are encouraged to partner with design talent and advocacy groups to showcase creativity and produce community-enhancing spaces.
We were able to entertain his honor, the mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings. He stopped by, took a seat and tweeted to his followers that he was visiting with World Wear Project. We had photo ops with other Dallas luminaries such as Romeo the Recycling Chipmunk. He dropped a pair of athletic shoes in our City of Dallas Athletic Shoe Recycling Bin.
Please enjoy our pictures, visit the Park(ing) Day Dallas website, http://www.parkingdaydallas.org, for more pictures, media coverage, and to learn how you might participate.
We had a great day at Park(ing) Day Dallas and can’t wait to participate next year. We’ll be thinking of a new and creative theme for our park(ing) space for 2013.
The City of Dallas Waste Diversion Team and World Wear Project recently partnered to begin collecting gently used athletic shoes. These shoes may be dropped off in any of the attractive green City of Dallas Waste Diversion Team bins located throughout the city. For a complete listing of the locations at which you can drop off your gently used athletic shoes, please go to www.dallascityhall.com, or call the Waste Diversion Hotline, 214-670-4475. You can also check right here on our website for locations.