Donate old sneakers for a good cause

The Race the Rum & Cambridge Day Out Committee begins a quest to gather pairs of gently used sneakers in an effort to raise funds.

“Each pair of tennis shoes we collect turns into money for the many needs in our community,” said Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce President, Nicki Klanderud. “We hope to collect a hundreds pair of used tennis shoes, which translates into hundreds of dollars for our community.” The raised funds will go to support the Cambridge Fire Department & the Cambridge Area Chamber.

Residents are encouraged to drop shoes at the Cambridge Chamber office, located in the City Center Mall (next to City Hall) during regular business hours through June 11, or bring them to the Isanti County Government Center on June 11, during the Race the Rum 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk from 8 am to 10:30 am.

Shoes must be of the gently used variety, though they may contain holes no larger than a dime, must have the soles and backs in tact, and must include the laces.

The Committee is working with Green Sneakers who makes the program available to organizations needing to raise funds for various causes. Green Sneakers pays the group up to $.50 a pound for the shoes. With an average pair of shoes weighing in at about 2 pounds, that’s roughly $1 a pair. Eventually the shoes go to a sorting facility where Green Sneakers staff process the collection, keeping them from the local landfill, and making them ready for distribution to other people in need.

For additional information Contact the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce at 763-689-2505.