You have heard that cats have nine lives. Well I believe shoes can have two lives, but its up to you. As you clean out your closet for the new year, consider donating your worn (but not worn down) shoes to an company or organization that will get them onto the feet of someone who does not have shoes at all. Here are a few programs that I have donated my done (but not dead) running shoes to.
Run On! has store locations in Dallas (2), Richardson, Coppell, McKinney, and San Antonio. Each store is a drop off location for old running shoes. They then donate them to the less fortunate. Let’s think about it, when shoes get to the end of their running life, they still have wearing life in them. So go ahead and donate them.
Foot Solutions is a nation wide franchise with local locations in Dallas, Plano, Flower Mound, Southlake, Ft. Worth. They have a partnership with Soles4Soles, shipping shoes to all parts of the world.
Beloved Ministries is a Dallas based outreach ministry for homeless women. In addition to Bible Study classes, ladies get a warm meal, access to clean clothing, access to bathing facilities, and assistance finding transitional housing and other services. Beloved Ministries does not have a website but if you would like to donate shoes or clothes to this program email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am a volunteer with this organization.
So how does this blog post relate to you getting healthy in 2012? Well for one, you were going to buy a new pair of running shoes anyway, right? So why not donate the old pair. Secondly, I feel that maintaining a healthy lifestyle encompasses more than the upkeep of your physical body. Our heart, mind and soul are integral facets in our well being as well. According to Webster’s Dictionary, health is defined as the condition of being sound in mind, body, or spirit. I don’t know about you but giving of myself to a worthy cause always puts me in a sound place. So give your shoes a second life by donating them.
Love, Peace, and Sweat,
Monisha is the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha, her book, and her mission, please visit www.runnersrevelations.com.