I Heart Yo Sneaks

Students combine passion with service

By Christian Hunick
On March 1, 2018

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I Heart Yo Sneaks is a fairly new organization at ASU that serves the community by collecting and refurbishing gently-used sneakers to donate to people in need.

"It feels good to give back to someone who doesn’t have what you have," club president Majeed Asubiaro said. "I didn’t grow up having every shoe I wanted, so I had to work for them. If I can give back a pair to someone who wants that type of shoe, it feels good."

Asubiaro said I Heart Yo Sneaks became an official Registered Student Organization last year.

"We were on campus for a year unofficially, but last year was our first year as a registered organization," Asubiaro said.

Alumnus Henry Mahome III started the organization with the help of a small group of friends. Since its founding, I Heart Yo Sneaks has collected hundreds of pairs of shoes and hosted several shoe drives.

Members and volunteers clean the sneakers they receive to make them look like new. The shoes are then then donated to schools, charities, and shelters for women, children, and homeless.

"We also went to Houston for the Hurricane Harvey relief, and we donated about 100 pairs of shoes to another shoe drive they were having for the city," Asubiaro said.

Those who would like to donate shoes can either bring them to one of the shoe drives or give them directly to an organization member. According to Asubiaro, drop boxes around campus may be set up in the future to make donating easier.

One thing the club is hoping for is the donation of more women’s and children’s shoes, as the most commonly donated type of shoe is men’s sneakers.

"We want to be able to provide for a larger audience, especially kids," Asubiaro said.

Anyone who wants to serve their community is welcome to become a member or volunteer with I Heart Yo Sneaks.

"You don’t need a collection of limited edition shoes," Asubiaro said. "It’s a special interest organization, so that means anyone can come and join us, and we will be happy to have them."

Members pay yearly dues, but volunteers can also sign up to help with individual shoe drives free of charge for community service and volunteer hours.

Students can follow @loveyosneaks on Twitter and iHeartyosneaks on Instagram to stay informed on upcoming shoe drives.

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