Let me introduce myself, my name is Kevin F. Kane. I am a local Bucks County 15 year business owner. I happen to be married to a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and six-time Marathon runner. In my wife Ilene’s training, I have become aware of how many perfectly good pairs of shoes she goes through. As you may know, the shoes become, very quickly, beyond race condition but are in perfect condition for average use. So I have decided to do something about it….
I have transformed one of our company’s box trucks into a “RE-USE YOUR SHOES” drop-off vehicle. We appear at dozens of races a year, accepting donation shoes of all types from race participants, families and friends, and have placed over 100 “drop boxes” around Bucks County. As of now I have made arrangements to donate all gently worn shoes to shelters and organizations in need, including the Red Cross for disaster relief, A Women’s Place for abused women and families, St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia, and many others. Any shoes deemed beyond “usable” are forwarded to Nike for their shredding program which transforms shoes into playground base material. We are accepting any type of shoe including Children’s shoes.
Along with the scheduled race day pick ups, we have arranged to place “drop boxes” in all YMCA’s in the Upper and Lower Bucks County, Upper Perkiomen YMCA, Cornerstone Health and Fitness clubs Bucks County Indoor Baseball Facility, several businesses throughout the area, currently we are collecting approximately 500 pairs of shoes a month. Additionally, Re-Use Your Shoes has secured a few sponsors, most importantly, Sports Authority, Integrity Auto is providing more trucks or vans for drop off and pick up and have teamed with several sports organizations to collect children’s size shoes as well.
We ask your consideration with any help possible, allowing us to set up drop boxes, sponsor our program, charitable donation or donation in kind.
Re-Use Your Shoes