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Shoes get clean drinking water at Limestone High

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A Heart of Illinois high school is trying to make a difference for families in developing countries, and to do it they need your old shoes.

Limestone Community High School's Key Club is working with the Shoes for Water project, known as Waterstep. They're taking donations of new or used shoes, no matter their condition, to donate and sell. It provides both footwear and money for clean water solutions to third-world countries. 

In their six years of working with the project, they've helped donate more than 100,000 pairs of shoes.

"The community here in Central Illinois is just phenomenal," said coordinator Denise Henderson. "I don't think we ever expected to see this kind of volume, and the support and word of mouth. And just the way that this has spread has been a tremendous, tremendous effort."

The school is also urging Limestone Township to use the call for donations as a clean-up project, recycling their old shoes instead of throwing them away.

The project runs through the end of August and is still taking donations.

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