ShoeBox Recycling, McCaffery’s Market and the Valley Day School Determined to Make A Difference Together

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“Students Who Care” will be on hand Collecting Shoes and Clothing for Reuse, Food for the Hungry and Focusing on the Importance of Community Service in Today’s World

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“Students Who Care” epitomizes the junior leaders of our society today.

The students that comprise the Valley Day School are moving full steam ahead on a path to help the make the world we live in a better place. These children, who have fallen back academically due to social and/or emotional issues, are bound and determined to not only be productive citizens, but good citizens too! “Students Who Care,” a two-day event planned at McCaffery’s Market in the Edgewater Village Shopping Center, will have students, teachers and volunteers on hand doing a slew of good deeds by collecting gently used shoes and re-wearable clothing for ShoeBox Recycling and non-perishables from the grocery which will serve as a local food pantry! All of the proceeds from the two-day event will go towards programs to support the programming efforts of the Valley Day School.

“Last year, our students worked closely with ShoeBox Recycling to learn that they can do something locally to make a great change globally,” said Maureen McGettigan, Job Developer/Coach of the Valley Day School. “This year, we wanted to literally get our involvement out in front of the community—what better place than at our local grocery store, McCaffery’s Market.”

This year, as a kick-off event, they are parking themselves at the McCaffery’s Market lot and spending two days, Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10, to get their point across and engage people of all ages in the community to join their recycling efforts and good deeds.

“The children of the Valley Day School last year collected just shy of sixteen hundred (1,600) pounds of reusable, re-wearable shoes with our ShoeBox Recycling program,” said Lisa Pomerantz, Queen of Sole at ShoeBox Recycling. “Their passion and enthusiasm is contagious and I’m certain that the local residents will respond with full support.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of the support system for the students of the Valley Day School,” said Jim McCaffery of McCaffery’s Market. “Working with the children who are so impassioned to help others is inspiring for us all,” McCaffery continued.

ShoeBox Recycling is proud to be a for-profit recycler of shoes. They have flipped the recycling triangle upside down and have mastered the most powerful ‘R,’ REUSE, with all of the shoes collected destined for reuse by those in need of affordable footwear. They have humanized the process by adding the prospect of finding your SoleMate. Just like the ancient mystique of the ‘message in a bottle,’ you can trace the journey your shoes take to meet their new feet with a SoleMate note in placed your shoes. They have made a passive act of recycling interactive and intriguing.

"With our shoe recycling program, you have the chance to connect with a person anywhere around the globe over something as simple and easy as a pair of shoes you no longer wear,” said Pomerantz. “We are confident that our collaboration with Valley Day School and all of the good folks at McCaffery’s Market will yield great shoes and clothes for reuse, food for the hungry and leave a positive footprint behind for all those that the students touch.”

“Students Who Care” epitomizes the junior leaders of our society today. Their vision and commitment to being good citizens and doing good through ShoeBox Recycling will help hundreds, maybe thousands of people to recycle their shoes, and find their SoleMates, learn about diverse cultures and help us to make the world a smaller, friendlier and greener place.

The Valley Day School will be collecting all gently worn, reusable paired shoes and re-wearable clothing, along with non-perishables at the McCaffery’s Market on Friday, November 16 and Saturday November 17, from dawn to dusk. Please stop by!

ShoeBox Recycling is proud to be a for-profit recycler of shoes. Founded in 2011 with a mission to recycle as many pairs of shoes as possible while offering the opportunity to find your SoleMate (future happy feet) along the way. Every pair of shoes collected will be distributed for resale and reuse in their original form at various local marketplaces here and around the developing world. ShoeBox Recycling is looking to change the way people think about their shoes and the need for reuse around the globe. That’s why every time you recycle a pair of shoes, you have the opportunity to meet your SoleMate. ShoeBox Recycling is headquartered in Fairless Hills, PA. For more information, call 888.482.5754 or visit

Established in 1958 to provide educational programs, related services, and educational day-program placement options designed to serve school-aged students with special learning and adjustment needs, Valley Day School is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Since 1984, Valley Day School’s comprehensive K-12 educational day program has been based at a 10.4-acre suburban campus in Lower Bucks County. This location allows us to provide program and placements for students referred by public school districts in southeastern Pennsylvania and school districts located in neighboring New Jersey. Valley Day School provides specially designed instruction for students between the ages of 4 and 21 years of age, who have been identified as seriously emotionally disturbed (SED) or Neurologically Impaired (NI) or who have been classified as autistic.

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