Sneaker Drive

Sneaker Drive

Your Kicks Can Help Us Create New Jobs in Developing Countries

Do you have athletic shoes in your closet that you've either outgrown, they're out of style or you just need a new pair? Don't throw them away! Your donation of gently used athletic shoes can help create sustainable job opportunities in developing countries and we're helping the cause by joining in on a sneaker drive to collect shoes at our Monterey and Salinas locations.

Our sneaker drive is being held in conjunction with the Tri-State Physical Therapy Conference in October, PT Day of Service on Oct. 12 and Be the Rippl, an organization that collects new and used shoes to create sustainable job opportunities and helping impoverished, underserved, and third world communities prosper.

Here's how it works. Rippl collects the shoes we've collected and partners with Soles4Souls, which processes the shoes for partners such as the Haitian American Caucus. These partners distribute them wholesale to merchants in developing areas. Shoes are sold locally in open-air markets. The business empowers others and stimulates the local economy. Then comes the so-called "Rippl Effect," which lifts communities out of poverty by creating sustainable opportunities for local residents.

Shoes can be dropped off at both our Balance PT locations, 2260 N. Fremont St., in Monterey, and 143 John St., in Salinas.

These include:

  • Tennis shoes, athletic shoes, including cleats.
  • Converse brand (only type of canvas that works as a "sneaker").
  • Men's, women's and children sizes.
  • Gently worn, no holes or tears.
  • No dress shoes, canvas shoes, boots, or flip flops.

For more information on Rippl and its shoe drive, go to betherippl.com.