551 Pounds of Sneakers Collected to Support Victims of the Boston Marathon
WILLISTON, VT - Lenny's Shoe & Apparel teamed up with Rerun Shoes to collect 551 pounds of running shoes during the month of May to support The One Fund Boston.
For every pair of gently used running shoes contributed, Rerun Shoes donated $0.50 to The One Fund Boston. This national fundraiser amassed $1,690 at the local level for victims of the Boston Marathon.
Lenny's Shoe & Apparel initiated a company-wide shoe recycling program last year in association with Rerun Shoes. Lenny's encourages customers to recycle their gently used shoes for reuse to promote sustainable business in West Africa. In one year, Lenny's customers and dedicated staff have helped collect more than 36,000 pairs of shoes.
“Rerun supplies micro-entrepreneurs in Mali, Guinea and Liberia with shoes they refurbish and bring to market,” said Michael Aronson, President of Rerun Shoes. “These recycled shoes provide small scale entrepreneurs the ability to earn an income offering affordable footwear to their customers.”
There is still time to get involved with Lenny's shoe recycling program. Customers can drop off their gently used shoes to any of Lenny's three locations in Williston, Barre or St. Albans. To see a list of the types of shoes Lenny's can accept, please visit http://www.lennyshoe.com/shoe-recycling-program.html