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EPCHS, Christmas Without Cancer Partner On Sneaker Drive

EVERGREEN PARK, IL – Evergreen Park Community High School’s Service Club is partnering with the local non-profit organization Christmas Without Cancer (CWC) on a sneaker drive that runs through early April.

EPCHS will serve as a drop-off location for the drive from Tuesday, March 29, through Tuesday, April 5. New or gently-worn sneakers of any brand (child sizes 4 and up and any adult sizes) will be collected from the public at the EPCHS main entrance during school hours during that time frame.

Students and staff members at EPCHS can drop off their donations at the main entrance, the counseling office, Room 200, or the Physical Education office. Donations from the public and school community will also be accepted during the baseball, softball and track home events on April 5.

The shoes will be donated to GotSneakers, a sneaker recycling program that raises money for each pair of used shoes, with the goal of keeping sneakers and gym shoes out of landfills and reusing the sneakers for people in need.

All reusable sneakers from the drive will be recirculated to the secondhand market, so people can access quality, pre-owned footwear at affordable prices. Heavily used and damaged footwear will be recycled to reuse materials or to convert waste into new energy.

Every pair donated as part of the drive will raise money for Christmas Without Cancer, a non-profit that helps local families battling the devastation of cancer. CWC identified needs and then provides gifts and basic necessities to Chicagoland families with members stricken with cancer so to allow the beauty of Christmas to shine through while family members find comfort in their devotion to one another, according to the organization’s website.

Residents throughout Evergreen Park and surrounding towns and neighborhoods are encouraged to go through closets and gather as many pairs of sneakers that are no longer wanted. Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and anyone in your social networks should be asked to help out because every pair counts.

Any questions on EPCHS’ involvement can be directed to Anna Papasideris, EPCHS Service Club faculty sponsor, at apapasideris@evergreenpark.org