MADD Loudoun is launching a sneaker drive fundraiser.
The nonprofit has partnered with Gotsneakers, a recycling organization and social fundraising platform that will compensate MADD Loudoun for every pair of useable sneakers that it collects.
The money will be added to the proceeds of its largest annual fundraiser, the MADD Loudoun 5K Walk and Silent Auction, which will be held on Saturday, May 13 at Park View High School in Sterling. For more information about the walk go to walklikemadd.org/Sterling.
After the sneakers are collected, Gotsneakers will process and distribute them in impoverished nations around the world. It is estimated that over 200 million pairs of sneakers are thrown away each year in America’s landfills and that more than 600 million adults and children worldwide live barefoot.
To participate, just clean out your closets of unwanted adult and children’s paired sneakers and athletic cleats. Donations should be tied together in pairs and in garbage bags and brought the Walk or to one of the collection locations: LA Fitness, 21074 Dulles Town in Sterling; LA Fitness, 1490 Classic Path Way SE in Leesburg; Gold’s Gym, 4626 Cranston St. in Sterling; Claude Moore Recreation Center, 46105 Loudoun Park Lane in Sterling; Jazzercise, 20903 Serenity Ct. in Potomac Falls; or E60 Fitness, 21020 Sycolin Road #115 in Ashburn.