CHICAGO — In honor of Earth Day, Christmas Without Cancer will host a drive-through recycling event where spring cleaners can drop off lightly worn, used, or new sneakers as part of the “GotSneakers” fundraising campaign. ” organisation. Donations, including gift cards and cash, can be dropped off Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Evergreen Park Community Center, located at 3450 West 97th Place.

Trainers in child size 4 and above, as well as any adult size or brand will be accepted. Each pair will be donated to GotSneakers, to raise funds for Cancer Free Christmas. To date, more than 1,000 pairs of sneakers have been collected for the drive.

For those without sneakers to donate, cash and gift card donations will be accepted. All donations will help support the year-round needs of Chicago-area families battling cancer. All donors will receive a Cancer Free Christmas bracelet or keychain, while supplies last.

GotSneakers is a sneaker recycling program that provides cash for every pair of used shoes, with the goal of keeping sneakers and athletic shoes out of landfills and/or repurposing quality pre-loved sneakers for those in need. All reusable sneakers from the company’s Sneaker Drive fundraising program are recirculated on the second-hand market, so people can access quality second-hand shoes at affordable prices. All heavily used and damaged shoes are recycled to reuse materials or convert waste into new energy.

In the United States, at least 200 million pairs of shoes and sneakers end up in landfill every year. Since the sneakers are made with non-biodegradable materials and produce large amounts of CO2, they remain in landfills or are incinerated, leading to toxic chemicals in our air and soil. Shoes in landfills can take 30 to 40 years to decompose.

Sneaker drop boxes are also located throughout the city and suburbs. A full list can be found at Cancer Free Christmas.

Since 2003, Christmas Without Cancer has helped thousands across the Chicagoland area by providing holiday gifts, as well as daily necessities, to local families with cancer. Founded in 2003 by an oncology nurse, the organization quietly identifies and adopts multiple families throughout the year and provides them with gift cards for groceries, medications, gas and other “necessary” items. “, as well as help with mortgage payments, rent, school fees. and treatment-related travel costs.