Where to Donate Running Shoes


The wind brushing by your face. The rhythmic cadence of your footsteps as they hit the ground. The natural burst of energy that consumes your body. Whether you are training for a marathon or just running for fun, many people turn to running to maintain a happy life and who doesn’t want  a happy life? If there is one thing that can make or break your run, it’s the shoes! A good pair of running shoes can make all the difference as you hit the ground running. Don’t let your running shoes go to waste, there are still many miles left over on those soles that are sure to ignite another person’s running soul. Donate your running shoes today!

Hey! If you’re in Chicago, it’s as easy as using Zealous Good to find out exactly where to donate running shoes. Our simple donation-matching process lets you both donate items easily and pick the charity you wish to give to. If you don’t live in Chicago, here are some other organizations that you could donate running shoes to:

Local Running  Retail Stores

You know, the same cool place you got your running shoes from? On top of them trying to sell you a new pair of shoes, they might just know what to do with your old ones! These super running shoes eat, breathe, and live running and they are sure to know exactly what to do if you have running shoes to donate.

Search for running shoe retail stores in your preferred search engine today.

Reuse-A-Shoe Shoe Recycling Program

This awesome program created by our favorite swoosh company, Nike, aims at getting used running shoes out of that dark spot in your closet and onto fields and courts around the country. Basically what they do is grind up your old running shoes and use that same material to build courts, fields and tracks for athletes to use. Pretty cool, eh?

Visit Reuse-A-Shoe for more information.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides relief to people in dire need all over the world. There are millions of poverty stricken children and families who need a cushion to rest their feet on. Donate your old running shoes to the Red Cross today.

Visit the American Red Cross for more information.

So, whether you donate through Zealous Good or to these other awesome options, your running shoes can truly make someone’s day. With so many ways to make an impact, why wait? Donate today!

Vince Nava is a 2013 summer marketing intern at Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Vince on Google+, on Twitter at @vincenava or Zealous Good on Facebook and on Twitter at @ZealousGood.

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