Craven Community College’s Student Clubs launch Shoe Donation Drive

Craven Community College Shoe Drive

The student clubs and organizations of Craven Community College (CCC) launched their shoe donation drive today that will run until Monday, November 24, 2014. Proceeds from the sale of donated shoes benefit student clubs. Student clubs raise money to fund educational and enrichment activities.

In honor of CCC’s 50th anniversary, the student clubs are challenging themselves to collect 50,000 pairs of shoes from the community.

CCC Student Services is working with ReRun Shoes (, who will pay the clubs for the donated shoes. ReRun Shoes is based in Holyoke, Ma., and recycles donated shoes. ReRun employs adults with disabilities to prepare the shoes for export to African nations where shoes are provided as inventory to micro-businesses.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for student organizations to raise funds and pay it forward at the same time,” said Kimberley Clark, campus life assistant and student.

CCC is accepting the following gently used shoes: athletic shoes, sports cleats, men’s shoes, women’s shoes, women’s flats and low-heeled shoes, kid’s shoes, and sport sandals.

Shoe donation boxes will be available at the following locations:

Craven Community College, New Bern campus, 800 College Court and Havelock campus, 305 Cunningham Blvd. Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 409 Pollock Street, New Bern, Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday Service 8:45 a.m. – Noon.

Gold’s Gym, 3340 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, New Bern, Hours: Monday – Thursday 5 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 5 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mitchell Hardware, 215 Craven Street, New Bern, Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Closed Sundays).

Next Best Thing Children’s Consignment, 335 West Main (next to Autozone), Havelock and 2656 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, New Bern, Hours:  Monday – Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Athlete’s Foot, 3029 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., New Bern, Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Twice as Nice Consignment, Old Town Hall, 224 Craven Street, New Bern, Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

YMCA, 100 YMCA Lane, New Bern, Hours: Monday – Friday 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Any business or organization that would like to participate can contact Clark at 252-514-0562, or

Founded in 1965, Craven Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System.  In the 2014-15 academic year, the college celebrates its 50th year as an independent institution. With campuses in New Bern and Havelock-Cherry Point, Craven serves about 3,200 curriculum students and more than 10,000 continuing education students each year. The college offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as college transfer courses, career and occupational offerings, partnerships with four-year universities, specialized workforce training options, developmental studies and basic skills classes. Craven Early College High School programs are available on both campuses. Craven is also home to Public Radio East, one of the few community colleges nationally with this distinction. For more information about the college, visit

Submitted by: Deborah Kania, Director of Marketing, Communications & Development Liaison, Craven Community College