If there’s anything that remains constant when raising children, it’s that nothing remains constant. That statement couldn’t be more true as it seems like as soon as you buy a pair of shoes for a kid, they’ve already outgrown them. There’s no way of turning them for an upgrade, but there is a way to make use of those shoes for a better cause, and here’s how.
Nike Reuse-A-Shoe: Started back in the 1990s, Nike’s program collect old, worn-out athletic shoes for recycling, transforming them in a special material called “Nike Grind”, which is then used for athletic and playground surfaces, or re-used for shoes in the future. To donate your shoes, you can check out NikeReuseAShoe.com for local drop-off locations, and if a location is too far, you can ship them straight to a Nike recycling facility. They don’t only take shoes though. If you’ve got some rubberband bracelets laying around, Nike’ll take them off your hands, or in this case, your wrists.
Goodwill: Whether they’re wearable or not, the good folks at Goodwill will take them. Although they ultimately sell the shoes, their mission is to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities and eliminating barriers to opportunity.
Soles 4 Souls: In our opinion, this is the best option because it goes right from you to someone in need. Soles 4 Souls collect new shoes to give relief to victims of abject suffering and also to support micro-business efforts to eradicate poverty. With their simple concept of getting shoes and passing them on to those in need, their mantra is to change the world one pair at a time.
Although the life of a shoe with your kid may be over, it doesn’t have to be the end, and it can be used as an instrumental of aid, a gift that keeps on giving, of sorts. So pass it on, help those in need and give to a good cause.