Welcome to week 3 of our donation drive! We had a very successful packet pickup in conjunction with the Berkeley Half Marathon. Overall, we beat our counts from last year including 152 pairs of shoes collected (vs 144 last year) and 167 pieces of clothing and gear (vs 142 last year)!
Thanks go out to all our volunteers over the weekend: Davidson, Heather, Meghan, Josh, and Dash! And an equal amount of gratitude goes to the Berkeley Half Marathon and Sports Basement Berkeley for letting us collect donations during the packet pickup for a second year in a row!
Thank you Heather for dropping by!
A couple great stories that stood out this weekend during our volunteer shifts:
I told a lady about what we’re doing and our cause. She was super impressed, but said she didn’t have any shoes with her. She went in to pick up her bib and went shopping and came back out with her old shoes in hand – she had bought new shoes, strapped them on, and donated her current pair to us!
Edgar dropped by with his dog Droopy to help pick up shoes for Mission Atletica
A nice gentleman came in with a used pair of shoes (in really good condition!) in a clear plastic bag. As soon as he saw our table, he had a big smile on his face and walked right over. “I’m glad you guys are back! You were here last year and I brought my shoes just for you! It’s great because I can wear a pair of shoes for a year and know that I can donate to a great cause that you guys are supporting. Plus it clears up space in my shoe closet!”
We were also able to continue spreading the word about our shoe drive, our work with Mission Atletica, and our amazing run group! For those that have donated shoes, clothing, and gear so far – THANK YOU! For those still interested, we’ll be at four more races to wrap up our drive:
- Nitro Turkey @ Pinole on 11/24
- Run for Pie @ Aptos on 11/24
- Quarry Turkey @ Fremont on 11/26
- Summit Rock @ Saratoga on 12/10
Come join us at a race or drop off shoes at our usual Wednesday track nights or Sunday morning long runs!
Josh and Meghan helping collect donations Saturday afternoon
And finally… the updated counts:
- 180 pairs of running shoes
- 184 pieces of running clothing
- 8 pieces of running gear
Let’s keep it up! We have until 12/23!