Bruin Bookstore collecting used shoes for donation, recycling through April 30; Annual Spring Sale runs through May 6

Several pairs of shoes stacked in boxes in the bookstore.

Kellogg Community College’s Bruin Bookstore is again collecting gently used athletic shoes for donation and worn out athletic shoes to recycle as part of a Sneaker Collection campaign, running through Tuesday, April 30.

The bookstore, located on the first floor of the Lane-Thomas Memorial Building on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek, will accept the shoes during regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.

Shoes still in decent shape will be donated to the Charitable Union in Battle Creek for distribution and reuse. Shoes in rougher shape will be donated to Playmakers in Okemos to be recycled.

This is the 10th anniversary of the bookstore’s Sneaker Collection event. Over the previous nine collection campaigns the store collected more than 1,000 pairs of gently worn shoes for donation and unusable pairs for recycling – including more than 250 pairs in 2021 alone.

The Sneaker Collection is one of many community collections undertaken at the Bruin Bookstore each year, which include an annual Hoodies for the Homeless shirts and coats collection each fall semester. An eyeglasses collection held each March since 2016 at the bookstore has resulted in several hundred pairs of used eyeglasses collected for donation and recycling through the Lions Club Recycle for Sight program.

The Sneaker Collection initiative also corresponds with the Bruin Bookstore’s Annual Spring Sale, running through Monday, May 6, and during which all KCC clothing and gift items are 20% off. (KCC employees get an additional 10% off through their employee discount, for a full 30% off.)

For more information about the KCC Bruin Bookstore’s Sneaker Collection campaign, the Annual Spring Sale or other KCC bookstore initiatives, contact the bookstore at 269-965-4128. General information about the Bruin Bookstore, including key textbook dates for students, is available online at

Photo by Krissy Stolz.

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