Making A Difference: Dunk Your Kicks

At Conshohocken Elementary School (CE), families have gone through their closets for old and outgrown sneakers that their children can take to school for "Dunk Your Kicks."

Five girls holding sneakers by a large cardboard collection box


"We're collecting shoes for people who don't have them," said CE Third Grader Gwenn DeNolfi. "I think we're doing better than we did last year. We've filled four boxes so far." 

The Max Cure Foundation's Dunk Your Kicks gives the donated sneakers to an international recycler of used clothing. The recycler resells the shoes as affordable footwear in developing nations.

"I'm proud because we help people, and I like helping people," said CE Third Grader James Brewer. 

The Max Cure Foundation receives up to $1 per pair of shoes and, in return, distributes that money in the form of gift cards to families who have children battling pediatric cancer. Since it started in November 2011, the Max Cure Foundation has helped more than 100 families in 17 states.

How to donate your old or outgrown sneakers to Dunk Your Kicks:

Remember that the shoes will be used as footwear, so make sure there aren't any holes or tears and that the rubber soles are still intact. Leave the laces in the sneakers and tie them to each other to keep the pair together. The biggest demand is for adult shoe sizes (5-11); however, all sizes are accepted for donation.

You can drop your sneakers off at Conshohocken Elementary School by October 18 or in the lobby of Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.