What to Do with old Running Shoes…

This Weekend Only:

Donate your used running shoes at the Harrisdirect Seattle Marathon! You may toss them in a bin at the Health and Fitness Expo or if you plan on attending the Seattle Marathon (as a participant of spectator) you may dump your shoes at a bin located in the recovery area this Sunday. Please help sorters out by tieing your laces together! Shoes donated this weekend will be washed and distributed to children in an impoverished region of The Gambia, West Africa, to help curb the spread of hookworm. Hookworm can infect children who run barefoot on contaminated soil and may lead to difficulty learning, stunted growth, severe anemia and congestive heart failure. Each pair of shoes can help prevent hookworm and improve a child’s health – so gather all your old shoes, tie laces together for sorting purposes and bring them downtown!. This project is led by University of Washington student Christina Asavareungchai, in partnership with the Seattle-based nonprofit GambiaHELP (Health Liaison Education Project). Please contact donate_shoes@yahoo.com with questions.

If you don’t think you will get there this weekend, you may also take your old running shoes to Super Jock ‘n Jill (directions here) at any time. Shoes are picked up and donated to various shelters around town.

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