2014 Past Events

Community Shoe Drive Campaign

Ends December 31st!

Shoe Drive to Raise Funds, Help the Environment and Support Microenterprise in Developing Nations



  • In the U.S. alone, approximately 600 million pairs of shoes are thrown away each year.  The materials used to manufacture shoes are created from chemical compounds, the kind that will create health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills. 

  • Over 85% of post-consumer shoe waste was disposed of in landfills, not recycled.  This is an unacceptable environmental impact, especially since even non-recyclable footwear can be a vital economic lifeline to individuals and families in financially-devastated countries. 

  • Your gently worn shoes still have life-changing impact left in them.  They can be used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a micro-enterprise.  Because of this opportunity, individuals in countries where there is little hope or economic stability are able to feed, clothe, and house their families. 


We're collecting all types of footwear, including boots, stilettos, tennis shoes, sandals, and even rollerblades and iceskates! Hearts for San Diego is recruiting shoe ambassadors to help us with this effort!  Shoe drives are scheduled throughout the County until Dec. 31st (see schedule below).  If you or your company, neighborhood, gym, church, sports team or any other organization are interested in learning how you can help make a difference, please email us at info@HeartsForSD.org.  



Donated shoes are shipped overseas to microenterprise facilities in developing nations to create jobs and revenue for impoverished people. Individuals are trained on how to start and maintain a small business, receive 100 pairs of shoes as inventory, and work to clean, repair and sell the shoes to create revenue for their families.

Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.

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Our Shoe Drive was featured on San Diego 6 News! See the video here!



Bankers Hill

Dec 1st - Dec 31st - Studio NN internal drive. *54 pairs of shoes donated!*



Oct 11th from 12pm - 4pm: La Costa Wine Company, 7750 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009. The person who brings in the most pairs of shoes will get 2 tickets to a Paints Uncorked social painting event ($90 value), and anyone who brings in 10 or more pairs of shoes will go into a raffle for 2 FREE tickets to the Belly Up Tavern for Dead Man's Party on Oct. 25th! *209 pairs of shoes donated!*


College Area

Nov 7th from 8pm - 10pm: Kroc Center, 6737 University Ave, San Diego CA 92115. Come see your SDSU Aztecs Ice Hockey Team play against LMU! All shoe donors will get FREE admission to the game and the top two individuals who donate the most pairs of shoes will get FREE tickets to the Mad House Comedy Club and the La Jolla Comedy Store. GO AZTECS!!! *133 pairs of shoes donated!*


BLVD63 internal drive. *64 pairs of shoes collected!*



Dec 11th-14th, 18th-21st: Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118.  Drop off your shoe donations as you come see Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem, an 85-minute holiday musical sow that is face-paced, funny, and entwined with skits. Show times are Th-Sa at 8pm, and Sun at 2pm. *36 pairs of shoes donated!*



Sola Salon locations. *378 pairs of shoes donated!*


Del Mar

Sept 13th from 7pm - 9pm: Del Mar Marriott, 11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130 *275 pairs of shoes donated!*


Nov 18th to Dec 18th: Hebe Hair Salon, 220 12th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014. All shoe donors who bring in at least 3 pairs of shoes will receive a the Ultimate Hair Repair treatment for FREE!!! This is an extreme conditioning service which adds 25 essential vitamins and minerals to stressed out hair. Hébé offers services by appointment only.  Please emailinfo@hebedelmar.com to schedule a time to drop off your shoes & receive credit for your FREE treatment. *72 pairs of shoes donated!*


El Cajon

Nov 9th to Dec 31st: Skate San Diego, 165 Denny Way, El Cajon, CA 92020. Drop off hours are M-F 5-11:30pm, Sa 3-8pm, Su 11am-6pm. *BONUS* Each shoe/skate donor will receive BUY 1 GET ONE FREE at Skate San Diego, which includes 2 admissions, 2 skate rentals, 2 slices of pizza and 2 drinks for only $10! *75 pairs of shoes donated!*



Dec 5th from 7 - 9pm: San Diego Gulls vs. Ontario Avalanche Ice Hockey Game, Escondido IcePlex Arena, 555 N Tulip Escondido, CA 92025. *69 pairs of shoes donated!*


Gaslamp District

Dec 9th - Dec 31st: Andaz Hotel Employee Shoe Drive. *89 pairs of shoes donated!*


Dec 28th from 4pm - 8pm:  Vin de Syrah Wine Parlor, 901 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. We'll have lots of great raffle prizes up for grabs! Receive 1 FREE raffle ticket for EACH PAIR of donated footwear! *619 pairs of shoes donated!*


La Mesa

Oct 19th to 23rd: San Pasqual Winery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 92104 *67 pairs of shoes donated!*

Nov 23rd to 29th: San Pasqual Winery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 92104. All shoe donors will get 50% off glasses of wine (limit 2) and the person who donates the most pairs of shoes will win 2 free tickets to a Paints Uncorked Event ($90 value). *132 pairs of shoes donated!*


Loma Portal

Nov 10th to Dec 31st: Sin City Skates, 2775 Kurtz Street, Suite 5, San Diego, CA 92110. All shoe donors will receive 15% off purchases. *21 pairs of shoes donated!*


Mira Mesa

Nov 17th to Dec 31st: San Diego Ice Arena, 11048 Ice Skate Pl, San Diego, CA 92126. Drop off any time between 7am and 11pm.

Nov 24th: Join us during our LIVE interview with San Diego 6 News at the San Diego Ice Arena! Drop off shoes between 7:30am and 9:30am and enjoy FREE omelettes from Convivial Catering. *556 pairs of shoes donated!*


North Park 

Sept 4th from 5:30pm - 8pm: Wang's North Park, 3029 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104 *704 pairs of shoes donated!*


Oct 12th to Oct 18th: Kaleidoscope, 3030 University Avenue (between Ohio St & Grim Ave), San Diego, CA 92104. BONUS: 10% off entire purchase for every shoe donor! The person who brings in the most pairs of shoes will get 2 tickets to a Paints Uncorked social painting event ($90 value), and anyone who brings in 10 or more pairs of shoes will go into a raffle for a $30 gift card to Soda and Swine in University Heights. *310 pairs of shoes donated!*


Ocean Beach

Nov 25th to Dec 31st: OB Waves Salon, 4989 Voltaire Street, San Diego, CA 92107. Drop off Mon - Sat 11am - 5pm. *214 pairs of shoes donated!*


Pacific Beach
Oct 28th from 6pm to 11pm: Firehouse American Eatery, 722 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109. Pumpkin carving contest! The person who brings in the most pairs of shoes will get 2 tickets to a Paints Uncorked social painting event ($90 value). *33 pairs of shoes donated!*


Rancho Bernardo

Sept 15th to Oct 3rd from 8am - 5pm: Biomed Realty, 17190 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92128 *225 pairs of shoes donated!*

San Marcos
Nov 14th from 6pm to 8pm: Imana Sky Salon, 574 E. Mission Road, Suite E, San Marcos, CA 92068. All shoe donors will get 20% off all products (excluding Moroccan Oil and 3D mascara, which will be raffling off). Plus, the person who brings in the most pairs of shoes will receive 2 FREE tickets to a Paints Uncorked event ($90 value). *483 pairs of shoes donated!*


Solana Beach

Nov 15th from 12pm - 8pm: Carruth Cellars, 320 S. Cedros Ave, Ste 400, Solana Beach, CA 92075. *BONUS* This coincides with the ONE DAY ONLY Reserve Wine Annual Sale where members get 50-70% off and non-members get 30-50% off reserve and library wines. Additionally, the person who brings in the most pairs of shoes will get 2 tickets to a Paints Uncorked social painting event ($90 value). *223 pairs of shoes donated!*



Nov 17th to Nov 26th (M,W,Th 10am - 6pm, T/F 10am - 5pm): California Fruit Wine, 1040 La Mirada Court, Vista, CA 92081. The person who brings in the most pairs of shoes will get 2 tickets to a Paints Uncorked social painting event ($90 value). *56 pairs of shoes donated!*



Please join our event on Facebook to stay up to date on new shoe drive dates and  locations and please spread the word to your friends, family and coworkers throughout the county who want to give back. 


Special thanks to the following shoe drive host businesses:

Thank you to our Community Shoe Drive Sponsors: