Host A Drive

Ideal Service Project for Everyone!

  • School, scouts, youth groups, honor societies, service auxiliaries
  • Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Children’s Sabbath, mitzvah projects
  • Civic organizations or corporate citizenship efforts
  • Exciting alternative to the fundraising lemonade stand for young self-starters
  • Great holiday option to replace cookie, ornament or gift exchanges
  • Terrific way for sports boosters and running clubs to “pay it forward” while finding a home for outgrown shoes

What Makes Hosting Your Own Shoe Drive
the Perfect Service Option?

  • It’s a simple, short-term project with a limited time commitment – Just decide on a date, publicize, collect, load up and drop off.
  • It’s FUN, especially if you engage children & youth by adding several steps: sort, count & chart. A competition between classes or grades livens it up, too!
  • You’re not asking for another check or purchase.
    1. Even those who can’t afford a cash donation can participate.
    2. 501(c)(3) organizations such as scouting groups & PTAs, which aren’t allowed to collect money for other organizations, are free to sponsor shoe drives.
  • You’re solving the donor’s problem. Nearly everyone needs to clean out a closet from time to time, yet hates to throw out perfectly good shoes that no longer fit. Most people enthusiastically join in an effort to pass their “treasures” on to someone who appreciates them.
  • You’re encouraging the values of
    1. Generosity - Show people an unusual way to give to others.
    2. Social Justice & Compassion – Help people focus on how much they have that they don’t need, and how much others need that they don’t have.
    3. Conservation & Environmentalism – Most people don’t know that used shoes can be tossed into a collection barrel instead of a landfill – you’re assisting their efforts to reuse, repurpose & recycle.
  • A shoe drive works even if you need something more than a simple collection.
    1. Develop and distribute fact sheets about local poverty and homelessness OR disaster relief OR the need to support health & wellness in all communities.
    2. Invite a speaker from one of the agencies that distributes our shoes.
    3. Arrange for additional volunteer support of one of those agencies – or in current disaster relief efforts.
    4. Organize a race – with an entry fee paid in shoes and/or cash donations - to publicize the issues described in (a) above or to support the agencies that distribute our shoes.


Click here to find a checklist and a sample poster - in PDF & JPEG format – as well as sample flyers & door hangers you can modify to promote your event.


Shoe Drive Checklist


Download the Printable Checklist Here


  1. Choose the dates for your shoe drive – somewhere between 1 and 2 weeks long. Be sure to allow time for advance publicity.
  2. GET THE WORD OUT. Write an article for your newsletter, make announcements at meetings, put up posters, distribute flyers & door hangers. Tell friends & family – everyone welcomes the excuse to clean out a closet for a good cause! Don’t forget grandparents and other older adults, who often have quite a collection of shoes they no longer wear.
  3. Assemble collection boxes or barrels. Big plastic toy tubs - or large, sturdy boxes donated by local stores - work well. Have your volunteers decorate them with cutouts of shoes.
  4. Decide where to locate the collection barrels. Somewhere in an entry area is ideal – so donors don’t have to lug heavy bags of shoes across the building.
  5. With luck, your collection barrels will fill quickly. Have large storage bags or boxes on hand so you can make room for more shoes in the barrels, and find a place to store them until your drive is over.
  6. Have plenty of large rubber bands on hand, too – you’ll want to be sure the two shoes of each pair are banded or tied together so they don’t get separated.

Running a Successful Drive

  1. Involve as many volunteers as possible in your preparations by giving each a simple job: decorating or placing barrels, writing announcements, making colorful posters, creating a collection graph. This encourages them to pass the word on to their family & friends.
  2. If kids are involved, put them in charge of emptying out the barrels, banding pairs together and filling the storage bags or boxes. You might even have them sort the different types of shoes, count them and chart them. A contest between grades or classes livens things up, too.
  3. Give regular updates throughout your drive – news that you’ve collected lots of dress & casual shoes; heels; sandals; work shoes; snow, hiking or cowboy boots & children’s galoshes or sports shoes reminds people that you’re interested in ALL their shoes.

Wrapping it Up

Call Shoe Kansas City to let us know that your shoe drive is coming to an end. Provide an estimate of the size of your collection and a date when you wish to deliver it. We’ll provide directions for your drop off.

Donate Your Old Kicks

We accept just about every type of shoe you might own, new or gently used, in both child or adult sizes: dress and casual shoes, heels, sandals, sports and dance shoes, work shoes – even galoshes and snow, hiking or cowboy boots!