How to Donate Gently Used Children's Shoes

by Kathryn Hatter

Keeping kids in shoes can be an ongoing challenge as those little feet continue to grow. You might find that your child’s cast-off shoes accumulate alarmingly fast if you don’t do anything about them. One option for managing a collection of outgrown shoes is to donate the gently-used ones to a charity organization. Your donation helps your home stay neater, teaches your children learn a valuable lesson about sharing and of course, benefits less fortunate children who receive the needed shoes.

Discuss the donation with your children to help them understand the process -- and to teach them the value of helping others. Encourage and help your children check through old shoes to find ones that no longer fit but are in good condition and suitable for another child to wear. Put all the shoes suitable for donation in one place.

Clean the shoes as much as possible prior to donating them. Remove all dirt and grime from the outer soles of the shoes. Buff the upper portions of the shoes with a cleaning cloth, if necessary. Replace the shoelaces if the current laces appear worn.

Secure the shoes together in pairs to ensure they do not become separated. Tie shoelaces together in a bow or use a heavy-duty rubberband to secure each pair of shoes together tightly.

Place the shoes in a box or a bag to transport them to the charity. Visit the organization and deliver the shoes to the donation center.

Request a receipt for the shoes if you intend to claim the tax-deductible value of the shoes on your income tax return. The Salvation Army estimates the value of children’s shoes between $2.50 and $8.75, depending on the condition of the shoes. Goodwill Industries estimates the value of children’s shoes between $2.00 and $6.00, depending on the shoe condition. Charity employees can assist with valuation, if necessary.

Items you will need

  • New shoelaces (optional)
  • Heavy-duty rubberband (optional)


  • Some charities accept shoe donations by mail also. If you decide to mail the shoes you're donating, package them according to the charity‚Äôs instructions to ensure that your shoes will reach their intended destination.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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