The Creative Potatoes will be having a Sneaker Drive from February 12 to March 20. Please clean out your closet and save your gently worn and new athletic shoes for our drive.
The Sneaker Drive will raise money to offset costs for programs and travel for the DI team. The team will earn funds based on the total quantity of pairs of gently worn and new athletic shoes collected.
“No Holes, Good Soles!”
All types of gently worn and new athletic shoes, sneakers, and non-metal sports cleats will be accepted. The motto is “No Holes, Good Soles”.
The public is invited to help by simply donating their unwanted athletic shoes with no holes and good soles at Brentwood High School on March 7 from 11:00am-1:00pm. Also, Brentwood High students will have access to drop-off bins inside the school for you to send them with your student until March 20.
Where do the shoes go?
The shoes collected from our shoe drive are processed at Angel Bins in Los Angeles and distributed globally to developing nations. Items in good condition are exported to African & South American countries meeting the demand for quality shoes at a low cost. The micro-entrepreneurs repair and resell the shoes collected from the Angel Bins shoe drives – most of whom are women who are the sole bread winners for their families. This gives them the opportunity to support themselves and their families.
It’s a green win-win!
Americans throw away over 300 million pairs of shoes each year and they can take 30-40 years to decompose in a landfill. We get to raise funds for our organization while diverting hundreds of shoes from the landfill. What most people don’t know is that the textile industry is the second most polluting industry in America. As a result of collecting shoes, waste is diverted from our landfills, impacting the environment and lowering our carbon footprint.