I have a serious problem over here. Really serious. I asked myself, how did this happen? How did I end up with so many pairs of running shoes? What in the world should I do with them? Perhaps you have found yourself in a similar predicament? Don’t worry because I have solutions for both of us. I’ve found 4 places to donate old running shoes so they do the most good.
4 Places to donate old running shoes
I notice that my shoes wear down too much to run in but not enough to look worn down. You know exactly what I mean right? They often look just fine, almost new sometimes, but I can feel the cushioning and support wearing down. Don’t judge, sometimes I upgrade my running shoes just because a new model or seasonal color has come out. Oh I hope my husband is not reading this! And that is how I have ended up with so many running shoes!
No problem, we will get through this together! Here are 4 fantastic solutions to deal with our hoarding problem and help others in need.
Soles4Souls has partnered with Zappos to collect used athletic shoes to distribute to those in need in Haiti, South & Central America. By far the easiest way to donate all at once, you simply print out a free shipping label from Zappos here and send them off. They can accept up to 50 pounds in one box. Genius and super easy!
One World Running
Boulder, Colorado based non-profit. Find drop off locations nationwide here. These shoes are distributed to those in need in the Caribbean, Central America and Africa. May work well for organizations and groups that have a large amount of shoes to donate at once.
Share your Soles
This Chicago based non profit has donated over 4 million pairs of shoes world wide. See here for local drop off locations.
Nike Re-use a Shoe
Nike collects used athletic shoes to repurpose into tracks, playgrounds and other sports surfaces. Collections available at Nike stores nationwide.
I hope I have given you some practical ideas on how to donate your own used running shoes so that they do the most good. You may even find space for some new running shoes. Just kidding of course! Any other ideas that I have not thought of?
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