Each year we operate 3-4 Foot Care Clinics to distribute all the donated shoes we’ve collected to those individuals in need in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside.

Our upcoming clinic is a special one for ShoeRenu and our clients as we celebrate the spirit of Christmas in the Downtown Eastside. In addition to the re-conditioned shoes and new socks we distribute at all clinics, we’ll also be handing out gloves, mitts and toques to help keep our clients warm as the temperature drops.

We’re looking for volunteers to help us get all the shoes, socks, gloves, mitts and toques distributed as well as helping some clients with foot baths and keeping track of clients who’d like to visit with a podiatrist.

Specific volunteer tasks include: helping fit clients with shoes, distributing socks, distributing gloves, mitts and toques, helping clients with foot baths, changing foot bath water and managing the line-up of clients waiting to see a podiatrist.

We provide surgical gloves and antibacterial hand gel for cleanliness. Please wear older clothing to volunteer at the clinic as you may be kneeling to help fit shoes, working with bleach to clean the footbaths, etc.

We’ll be operating 2 volunteer shifts on the day of the clinic. Please indicate which shift you’d like to volunteer for.

Clinic Details:

Salvation Army Harbour Light
119 East Cordova (half block west of Main St)
Vancouver, BC

Saturday November 29th
morning shift: 9am-noon
afternoon shift: 1pm-4pm

Graham Salvail
604 999-2666 (cell)

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Old shoes find new life in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Runners, hiking boots and work boots donated to people in need.

Although it’s still chilly out, winter is nearing an end and with spring, many feel inspired by that “out with the old, in with the new” adage.

And now that training for The Vancouver Sun Run is kicking into high gear, participants may be thinking of buying a fresh pair of runners.

But what to do with those stinky old trainers?

Before you toss them out, you may want to consider a program in Vancouver that will scrub them clean and donate them to those in need.

Read the Article by Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun

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