Imagine raising funds for your school, club or organization and benefiting others at the same time without having to ask anyone for money. This is exactly what happens when you host a shoe drive fundraiser!
When you start your shoe drive with GotSneakers you simply collect used shoes from your friends, family and colleagues and then ship them to us using pre-paid shipping labels we’ll give you. Once we receive the sneakers from your shoe drive, we’ll pay you $1 for each pair you collected. It’s really as simple as that.
What happens with the shoes that you send us? We help distribute them to the more than 600 million people worldwide who don’t own a single pair of shoes. Keep reading to learn how shoe drives help you raise money and do good in the world!
Hosting a Shoe Drives Benefits Your Community
GotSneakers provides everything you need to host a shoe drive with no upfront investment. We send you promotional materials, pre-paid shipping labels and collection bags. It’s easy to get started gathering sneakers from friends and neighbors and thereby earn some cash.
You can then use the money to support local causes, such as youth programs, animal shelters or disaster relief efforts. The money is yours to do as you choose.
Hosting a Shoe Drive Benefits the Global Population
Organizations, like GotSneakers work with people in impoverished areas around the world to create “micro-entrepreneurships” using the sneakers collected in shoe drives like the one you host. These small businesses can be started with very little capital and serve to support individuals and families in parts of the world where stable income is hard to find.
Repurposed sneakers form the basis of these enterprises, giving people in these areas inventory to sell at prices their friends and neighbors can afford. In this business model, the owners benefit from a consistent revenue stream, and locals get access to the footwear they need to stay healthy.
Shoe Drives Help Prevent Disease From Spreading
Sneakers and other types of shoes are essential in remote areas where parasitic diseases are common. Going barefoot in these regions can lead to illnesses caused when parasites infect the unprotected feet. These diseases can debilitate or cripple children and adults, leaving them unable to care for themselves. Unfortunately, shoes are often in short supply or unaffordable for people in these regions, leaving these people vulnerable to easily preventable diseases.
Additionally, kids in many of these countries need a good pair of shoes in order to attend school. Getting shoes collected from your shoe drive can mean the difference between a solid education and a continuing cycle of poverty.
The next time you need money for your group or a local cause, setup a fundraiser with GotSneakers to host a shoe drive. The sneakers just sitting in closets around your town will get a second life by bringing health and education opportunities to others, and you get the money you need to continue doing good in and around your community.