Saturday, January 29, 2011
Shoe Charity: Re-use Your Shoes
Re-use Your Shoes is a charitable group in Bucks County with drop boxes to collect donations of unwanted shoes. They accept shoes in any condition. Good, wearable shoes are passed to people in need. Shoes deemed “beyond wearable” are donated to Nike’s recycling program. Nike grinds up the soles of sneakers to make a material used for playground bases. Each month, the organization donates more than 6,000 pairs of shoes to local organizations. Beneficiaries include the Bethesda Project, a men’s homeless shelter in Philadelphia, and Laurel House, a sanctuary for female domestic abuse victims and their children in Norristown. Additionally, Libertae, is a program that helps women transition to the work force after overcoming drug addiction, receives dress shoes so the women have appropriate attire to wear to job interviews.