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Published on May 04, 2015

DeKalb County Health Department Kicks off “Shoes Share Program”

May 4, 2015

Courtesy of the DeKalb County Health Department

With the help of the entire community, the “Shoes Share” program will provide gently worn gym shoes to children, youth and young adults who are in need a pair of gym shoes for the new school year.  The program was launched in 2014 and provided over 1,500 pairs of gently used athletic shoes to students who did not have shoes to participate in physical education class.

We all know that kids quickly grow out of shoes.  Why not collect, reuse, and distribute these gym shoes to the community?  The concept is environmentally friendly with the shoes filling a community need as well as reducing what is being sent to the landfill.  Please note that shoes being donated should be clean and considered gently used.  All children, youth and adult sizes are welcomed.  If you want to go a step further, replace those torn or frayed laces prior to drop off. 

We are excited to be working with our partners who have stepped up to help ensure the program’s success.  DeKalb Iron and Metal Company (DIMCO) will be providing collections containers, Laundry Lounge has volunteered to wash and bleach all of the shoes, and the Kiwanis Family will be assisting in sorting, organization and distribution of the shoes.  The Food Pantries throughout the county have agreed to be points of distribution for the “Shoes Share” program.  The logistics have been completed; the next step is participation by the community. 

Help us reach the goal of “2000 Shoes to Share!”  Drop off your shoes from May 1 through June 30 to your local DeKalb, Sycamore, Sandwich or Genoa Kingston school building or one of the community designated drop off locations.    Individual schools participating in the “Shoe Share Program” will have designated containers at their respective buildings.  Community drop off locations include: DeKalb County Health Department 2550 N. Annie Glidden Road, Haish Gym 303 South 9th Street, Kishwaukee YMCA 2500 N. Bethany Road in DeKalb, Sandwich City Hall 144 E. Railroad Street, and the Genoa Fitness Center 333 East First Street as well as multiple NIU residential buildings. Please contact Michelle Gibson, Solid Waste Specialist, for further information (815-748-2408).  

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