Your old sneakers will help raise money for the kids

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Your old sneakers can help raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis, but the Keep Tennessee Beautiful organization needs your help.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Throughout the month, the Keep Tennessee Beautiful (KTnB) organization collected used sneakers and donated money to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis for every pair of sneakers it receives. There is only one problem. They say they are not getting the number of donations they expected.

Your old sneakers can help raise money for the Boys and Girls Club, but KTnB says they need your help to give back to the city.

They challenge anyone home for the holidays to take a few minutes to rummage through the closets for a few pairs of lightly worn sneakers you no longer wear. Shoes don’t have to be brand new, but they do require lightly worn sneakers.

Money raised supports the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis and the work they do to keep children occupied, supported and active.

It’s also an effort to keep Tennessee beautiful. The organization is working to reduce the number of shoes that often end up in landfills and on the streets, and even on telephone poles.

Instead of throwing shoes in the wastelands, people can throw their unwanted sneakers in the designated bins.

KTnB is asking people to donate adult size shoes 5 ½ and up, and people can donate both men’s and women’s shoes. Shoes should also be a matching pair.

Each pair collected equals $1, and KTnB has extended the deadline to December 15, giving people more time to donate.

KTnB is a grant-funded program from the University of Memphis that operates within the University of Memphis Regional Economic Enrichment Center.

KTnB said it is partnering with Sneaker Impact and the Boys and Girls Club to raise money through sneaker drives.

You can find more information about drop off locations at https://www.keeptnbeautiful.org.

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