National MS Society and ShoeBox Recycling Taking Steps to Fight MS

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Focus on Shoe REUSE Puts a New Green Spin on Fundraising Efforts for Participants

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We are thrilled to become a part of a meaningful recycling program that aligns our WALK MS: 2013 goals directly with our walkers,” said Melissa Hersh, Development Manager of WALK MS

This week, March 11 – 15, in honor of MS Awareness Week, the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National MS Society is pleased to announce a new partnership with ShoeBox Recycling to promote the reuse of shoes as they take steps toward fighting multiple sclerosis (MS) locally. This great new opportunity allows for participants to recycle gently used shoes, raising awareness about the global impact of shoe recycling, helping to put reusable, re-wearable shoes on the people who need affordable options and turning their recycling collection into a great, green and meaningful fundraising opportunity. That’s a huge win for all involved!

"We are thrilled to become a part of a meaningful recycling program that aligns our WALK MS: 2013 goals directly with our walkers,” said Melissa Hersh, Development Manager of WALK MS. “ShoeBox Recycling is a new and exciting ‘outside the box’ idea that we can offer our participants to raise funds for MS while putting shoes on someone’s feet.”

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. With over 300 million pairs of perfectly reusable shoes hitting landfills each year, they are looking to change the way people think about their shoes.

"Shoe recycling and reuse needs to become as familiar to us all and as easy to perform as bottle, can, and paper recycling,” said Lisa Pomerantz, Queen of Sole at ShoeBox Recycling. “Our collaboration with WALK MS: 2013 is a fitting and aligned way for us to raise awareness while making a local and global impact.”

All of the participating walkers who also recycle shoes can feel good knowing they are doing something good to help the over 14,000 local residents who live with MS everyday and help people around the globe who depend on good quality, reusable shoes in an affordable way.

All of the funds raised during the WALK MS: 2013 campaign will be used to support education and wellness programs, sponsor self-help groups, make home and vehicle modifications, purchase medical supplies and provide financial assistance to the residents and families locally living with MS.

All of the shoes collected for recycling will be reused anywhere affordable shoe options are needed. Feel free to drop off your gently shoes this week at National MS Society office located at 30 South 17th Street, Suite 800; Philadelphia, PA 19103. Call 215-271-1500 for times and more details.

Please also bring your shoes for recycling and reuse to the following WALK MS: 2013 sites:

April 21, 2013

  •     Tyler State Park, Newtown, PA
  •     Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA

May 4, 2013

  •     Philadelphia Museum of Art

May 5, 2013

  •     Medford Lakes, NJ
  •     Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, PA
  •     Devon Horse Show & Country Fair, Devon-Berwyn, PA

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ABOUT SHOEBOX RECYCLING
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 in the process. With over 300 million pairs of shoes hitting landfills each year, ShoeBox Recycling is looking to change the way people think about their shoes and the need for reuse around the globe. ShoeBox Recycling is headquartered in Fairless Hills, PA. For more information, call 888.482.5754 or email info(at)shoeboxrecycling(dot)com. http://www.shoeboxrecycling.com

About the National MS Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We do this through our home office and 50-state network of chapters by funding more MS research, providing more services to people with MS, offering more professional education and furthering more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org or by calling 1-800-FIGHT-MS.

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