Do you know that Americans threw away more than 300 million pairs of shoes last year? Don’t let your unwanted shoes go to waste. Please donate them to help those in need and help conserve natural resources.

Soles4Souls (based in Nashville, Tn.) collects all types of shoes – sandals, sneakers, and boots – in any age range, from children to adult sizes. New and gently worn shoes are refurbished and delivered to low-income school districts and domestic violence and homeless shelters in the U.S. as well as shipped overseas to countries like Honduras, Costa Rica, Tanzania and India.

Since 2005, Soles4Souls has distributed 17,000,000! pairs of shoes to people in need in more that 127 countries. If your shoes are too trashed to wear, check out Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program where shoes are recycled into material for playgrounds, basketball courts and other athletic surfaces.

Drop off locations for Soles4Souls:

The Little Gym of Shaker Heights, 20707 Chagrin Blvd. Shaker Heights, OH 44122 or, Cleveland Running Company 20150 Van Aken Blvd. Shaker Heights, OH 44122.

Nike drop off for unwearable athletic shoes only:

Nike Factory Store 549 South Chillocothe Road #321 Aurora, OH 44202