Want to RECYCLE those Old Running Shoes? Here's TWO GREAT ways to do so, but we need them quickly!

1 -- For completely worn out and unusable running shoes, help us collect them for the Nike-Reuse-A-Shoe Program, but we need these before April 29th!!

Georgia Southern University's Volunteer Services wants YOUR old and worn out non-metal-containing athletic shoes (any brand) to donate to the Nike-Reuse-A-Shoe Program. They are collecting them to turn into Nike the end of April 2007. We'll have a collection box at our group runs (Tuesday nights at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 7:00 a.m. at GSU's Hanner Field House parking lot). If you miss us there, please coordinate with Jennifer Vickery at <somegirlnamed_jennifer@yahoo.com> of GSU's Volunteer Services BEFORE APRIL 29th. "No shoe is too old or worn to be donated" states Jennifer Vickery.

Nike initiated their "Reuse-A-Shoe" program in 1993 in an effort to keep from throwing away old shoes (i.e., help keep our land fills from over flowing) and to help promote fitness in kids by reusing the materials from these shoes to create new sports surfaces, like soccer and football fields, basketball and tennis courts, tracks, and playground surfacing. Click here to learn more about their program.

2 -- For older running shoes that are still in wearable shape, help us collect them for Pacer friend, Bill Briggs to take to Hondurans who need shoes, but we need these by May 15!!

If you have older running shoes you no longer wear and they are still in wearable shape, please wash (do not dry) them and bring them to one of our Group Runs (Tuesday nights at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 7:00 a.m. at GSU's Hanner Field House parking lot) BEFORE MAY 15th so we can pass them along to Bill Briggs, a Savannah Strider friend, and his wife Maggie who will take them to Honduras again this summer on a mission. At our last collection for Bill, they took ALL 38 pairs of shoes we collected plus what the Savannah Striders gave them, along with medical supplies & reading glasses, and amazingly, managed to stuff everything into their luggage. They explained a dentist and medical assistant were in attendance on this mission and were able to provide the Hondurans with some much needed dental care and minor medical assistance. The country and its people are absolutely beautiful, Bill reported, and the Hondurans were very appreciative of everyone's help. So Bill is asking if we can all help them again this year!

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