The Pittsburgh Project, 2801 N. Charles St., is collecting shoes from now until December 19 to raise funds for its youth development programs.

The organization will earn funds based on the total weight of the shoes collected and Funds2Orgs will purchase all the donated footwear. The money will benefit The Pittsburgh Project youth development programs and any gently worn shoes can be donated, such as heels, sneakers and sandals. Those wishing to donate can drop shoes off at 2801 N. Charles St.

The shoes will be redistributed through the Funds2Ords network of microenterprise partners that help people start, maintain and grow businesses in developing nations 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.

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Will Thompkins, executive director of The Pittsburgh Project. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets. We need your donations to help those less fortunate become self-sufficient.”