Spring-Clean Your Shoe Closet By Giving To Those In Need

Spring is just weeks away, kicking off on March 20. Getting ready to roll up your sleeves for some serious spring cleaning? Don’t forget to include your shoe closet. Make room for all the new trends by sorting out some of your gently worn shoes that can still be enjoyed by those on a tight budget.

For some easy ways to donate, check out the options below. Since most offer tax credits, it’s a win-win for both parties.

Soles4Souls, a not-for-profit global social enterprise, is committed to fighting poverty by collecting and distributing shoes and clothing. It offers several options for donating, from smaller, individual donations to forming a community-based shoe drive.

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit created to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing professional attire and development tools. You can donate goods or become a volunteer.

Donate Your Old Shoes was founded by Philip Cleary and his family during a trip to Nicaragua where they spotted adults and children barefoot. The not-for-profit group collects shoes for distribution overseas.

While many organizations accept gently worn shoes, groups such as Shoes That Fit, a national organization helping children in need in schools across the country, accept new shoes donated through retailers, shoe manufacturers and foundation grants. The organization works closely with kids by having a sponsoring group choose a school, identify those in need and then determining their accurate sizes.


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