**This is part of a series of posts highlighting ways in which you can donate to community organizations and help others even when your budget doesn’t have room for monetary support.
Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program collects old, worn-out athletic shoes for recycling, transforming them into Nike Grind, a material used in creating athletic and playground surfaces as well as select Nike products.The best part about this is that Nike accepts ALL brands of athletic shoes (but only athletic shoes). Drop off up to 10 pairs of shoes to any Reuse-A-Shoe collection location, which can be found at Nike retail stores, universities, athletic clubs, special events or at one of the National Recycling Coalition centers across the country. Due to limited capacity of the drop off locations, they can only accept 10 per donation. If you wish to collect more, you need to apply to host a drive. Everyone has old tennis shoes that aren’t good enough to pass on for others to wear, but hate to just throw in the garbage.
Soles 4 Souls collected new or gently used shoes to distribute to those who are in need domestically and internationally. Many Americans, including myself, take for granted owning several (or many) pairs of shoes. However, much of the world’s population cannot afford even one pair of adequate shoes. You can participate by shipping your family’s new or gently worn shoes to one of the warehouse facilities or drop them off at one of the participation locations. There were quite a few near me, so hopefully they are abundant across the country. If you plan to collect more than 10 pair, you can sponsor a shoe drive by volunteering to collect and package shoes from your area. For more information firstname.lastname@example.org.