Since I began developing the idea to put together this walk I have felt that one of the biggest advantages of raising money this way was how simple and low-cost walking would be. The only things I would really need would be a good pair of walking/hiking shoes and decent backpacking backpack.
The only problem though is that I don’t have either of these, nor do I have much extra money laying around to go out and purchase them myself. It has been my hope that I would be able to find an outdoor type business willing to donate these items. The people I’m working with at Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank suggested I do the same thing and since the they are certified 501 (c)(3) non-profit group, they told me that whoever is willing to donate these items can donate them to the food bank who can then provide the necessary forms for the business to fill out in order to get a tax deduction for the value of the donated goods.
I went to a couple different stores this morning and asked if anyone was interested but the responses weren’t that encouraging. The larger cooperate stores all referred me to their cooperate offices (which I guess makes senese). I’m going try their cooperate offices but am not sure how much success I’ll have trying to navigate their phone systems and maze of departments, etc in time to have the goods before I leave August 1st.
So I started looking for smaller family owned businesses. I think this probably would have been a better place to start anyone because smaller places usually have more of connection to the community and would probably be more interested in getting involved anyway. Unfortunately the first place I went was not interested, at least not this morning. They said I could come back later if I wanted – I think the boss was too busy with inventory or something. They did recommend another store I could try when I asked them if they knew of any other small outdoors stores. So I tried that and the people actually seemed very nice and potentially interested. They gave me their card and told me to email them the information. So maybe I’ll have something here.
Regardless, I am still in search of good shoes and a backpack. So if anyone knows of places you think might be willing to donate such items, or has a quality (fairly large) backpack and would be willing to donate/ let me borrow it for the trip I would really appreciate it.
The shoes and the backpack are the only two things I really NEED, but it would also be really nice to have some sort of GPS device with me in case I get lost and a pedometer so I know how far I’ve walked. So if anyone can help figure how to get these too I would also really appreciate it, but again these are necessities.
I would greatly appreciate any suggestions, advice, tips anyone could provide.