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Shoe and Eye Glasses Drive

March/April 2015


Do you have shoes or eye glasses that you no longer use?
Stop cluttering your house and give them a second chance! This April drive will be the 3rd year that the Riverwoods Preservation Council (RPC), the Village of Riverwoods and SWALCO have combined forces to collect new or gently used athletic shoes and eye glasses. All items will be recycled.

What types of shoes are accepted? All types: Athletic shoes – gently used or worn out. Other types of shoes include sandals, dress shoes, boots, crocs, flip-flops - gently used only.

What types of eye glasses are accepted? Any prescription lenses with frames.

When is the drive? Wednesday, April 1st – Wednesday, April 29th.

Where is the collection point? You can drop off your donated items at Riverwoods Village Hall 24 /7.

What happens to the shoes and eye glasses? Worn athletic shoes will be changed into “Nike Grind” which in turn will be used to make useful products such as rug padding and sports surfaces. Gently worn shoes will be sent to people in need and eye glasses will be given to the Lions’ Club Eyeglass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, classified by prescription and sent to optical missions in developing countries.

The last shoe and eye glasses drive in 2013 was a great success. Riverwoods residents donated 423 pairs of wearable shoes in all shapes and sizes, 30 pairs of worn athletic shoes and 153 pairs of eye glasses! This year let’s top this previous accomplishment. Your efforts will not only benefit the environment, but will lend a hand to people in need.


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