Student Recreation Center Recycles Old Shoes

Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity is going green for the month of April; literally. The charity’s website has been changed to green for the entire month and Truman’s Student Recreation Center has decided to get on board with their support.

With an average of 700 million pairs of shoes thrown away by Americans each year, the effect on the nation’s landfills and atmosphere could be devastating.

Soles4Souls is doing their part to change that. By recycling gently worn shoes, the discarded footwear will be given a second chance. By being redistributed through the charity’s international and domestic partners, millions of children and adults could receive their first pair of shoes.
“We are excited to affiliate with Soles4Souls and we’ll be accepting gently used shoes like gym shoes, dress shoes, sandals and boots,” said Sue Limestall, director of campus recreation.

Collection boxes will be available April 16-21 at the following locations: the Student Union Building, Student Recreation Center, athletic training room and each residence hall.

Soles4Souls has distributed more than 17 million pairs of shoes around the world with the help of partners like the Student Recreation Center.

With one in every four adults in the world living in extreme poverty, basic necessities like shoes are simply unavailable. In developing nations like Haiti, Honduras and Tanzania, walking is the main form of transportation, and shoes can protect feet from cuts and infections.

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