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Repurposing of Shoes Project

We are excited to be involved in the Repurposing of Shoes project once again. We did this two years ago and had a good response. We raised over $2000 from repurposed shoes! We need to address this project with high enthusiasm and energy so we can meet and surpass our commitment. In our agreement we have agreed to collect at least 100 bags of shoes. Each bag needs to contact 25 pairs of new or gently worn shoes.

Please share this throughout your zone, your congregations, your work place, and your communities. This is a great way to collect shoes that are no longer worn that have been taking up closet space. This effort will also help keep these shoes out of landfills and help our environment. It is estimated that it can take up to 60 years for some shoes to decompose in landfills. These shoes will be used in 3rd world countries in giving them opportunities to make these available to people in need of shoes.
Through this effort we will be striving to complete our commitment and be paid for the shoes we collect. These funds will be added to our Recycling Fund in which 25% goes to national mites, 10% goes to the Special Gifts Fund, and the remainder 65% is used to help pay for leadership expenses (sending YWRs to national convention, leader training events in our district, and even BOD meeting expenses). So, you can see, these funds will help with our mission in sharing God's love and forgiveness with others.
We can't do this without everyone's help. We are counting on you and the members in our zone and congregations in reaching out to the friends, relatives, and work associates in collecting these shoes.

Adapt the info so that the collecting points are in your zone, identify congregations that can be collecting areas. As you collect bags and you want to bring them to us in Midwest City, let me know. I can meet you at Good Shepherd to get the bags of shoes from you. Also, I might be going through Tulsa in December and early January so I could meet to pick up bags. So, keep me informed.

Share what you are doing in your zone, so, it can be shared with others as to what you are doing, how you are publicizing, and getting shoes collected. Be creative! Engage others! Make this a fun activity. Publicize how you are helping others, helping our environment, and sharing the love of Jesus.
For Thanksgiving, Christmas, and additional gathering times of family in the next month, share the need for them to bring their new and gently worn shoes to your gathering. What a way to collect several bags all at one time.

Let's make this a great success! Think shoes, shoes, and more shoes! All shoes collected need to be brought Saturday, February 2, 2019 to the LWML OK District BOD meeting at St. John's, Moore.

Thanks again for all your support and efforts in this great project.



Thank you for your recycling efforts. With all of us working together, this has been quite beneficial for our district. God has blessed all these efforts. Since we began we have been blessed to have collected over $81,000 from this recycling effort. These funds have gone to support Mites, our Special Gifts Fund and to pay for leader training expenses within our district. These funds have helped in so many ways to support God’s mission. Thanks for all your valuable support in this regard.

Recycling Shipping Guidelines

URGENT!!! Take Note: Many changes have taken place since your last recycling shipment. There have been more requirements established to recycle your printer cartridges. Please note the only items accepted for recycling are inkjet printer cartridges and other recyclables (cell phones, pagers, GPS, mobile hot spots, eBook Readers, iPods/MP3 Players, digital cameras, PDAs, iPads/Tablets, and video games). Be sure NOT to send any laser/toner printer cartridges.

Laser/Toner Printer Cartridges ARE NOT ACCEPTED. Yes, this is a change, but we are trying to get the most value for your recyclables so that is why the changes.

The Recycling Accepted List has a greater amount of accepted inkjet cartridges. Please do your part and abide by the guidelines so you can still reap the benefits of your recycling efforts and others can also. The pre-paid shipping labels are UPS shipping labels. In addition, due to escalating costs of the pre-paid shipping labels, the Recycling Company has also revised Shipping Guidelines with each shipping box weighing 25-40 lbs. It is imperative that these Guidelines be followed as closely as possible in order for free/pre-paid shipping labels to be provided.

Also, at the request of the Recycling Company, there are a few items that we need to continue to remind others about. These requests are a must!

  • Be advised that laser/toner printer cartridges, toner bottles, toner tubes (used in copiers), fax machine film, and printer ribbons are NOT accepted for recycling.
  • Refer to Recycling Accepted List. Only ship the inkjet printer cartridges listed on the Recycling Accepted List . “Remanufactured For”, refilled cartridges, “Compatible With” are not accepted for recycling. Send only the virgin cartridges. Sometimes this is challenging, since it is not always apparent if a cartridge has been remanufactured or refilled. You can look on the box to see if it notes that it is remanufactured. Also, some companies like Office Depot, Staples, Cartridge World, Walgreen’s, etc., remanufacture and/or refill cartridges. So, if that is noted somewhere on the cartridge, it is not accepted for recycling.

Thanks again for all your recycling efforts. In all these efforts, remember in addition to helping LWML effort, we are also helping our environment by recycling these various recyclable items and keeping them out of our landfills. If you have questions, need clarification, or when you need UPS shipping labels just contact us via email or phone. We try to get your shipping labels sent to you within a couple of days.

May God’s richest blessings be yours,
Marguerite Christman
LWML OK District Recycling Coordinator
Email: MChrist721@aol.com
Phone/Fax: (405) 737-8289

  • Only Ship those inkjet cartridges listed on the Qualifying List of Inkjet cartridges.
  • Be sure to ship as many cartridges in a shipping box as possible, at least 25 inkjet cartridges, and other recyclables. More in the box will even be better.
  • Make sure each inkjet cartridge is in a plastic bag for added protection.
  • The shipping carton needs to weigh between 25 - 40 lbs.
  • Always pack as tightly as possible with newspaper to add extra tightness to fill in any empty space.
  • Reinforce shipping carton on bottom, corners and top with packing tape.
  • Take your packed shipping carton to your nearest UPS shipping location. If that is not possible, pack at church/business, tell the secretary you have a carton to ship. When the UPS driver makes the next delivery to the church/business he can pick up your carton for recycling.
  • Do not call UPS for a pick up appointment. This will result in a charge to you.
Recycle flyer
Recycle flyer

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Recycling Accepted List
Recycling Accepted List

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We have been recycling printer cartridges and other items since 2001. At first, this effort was formed to help raise funds for the expenses of hosting the 2003 LWML Convention held in Oklahoma City, Then, we as the Oklahoma District continued this effort to raise funds for our district. The funds collected are dispersed in three ways. 25% of the funds go to national LWML Mites, 10% go to our OK District Special Gifts Fund and the remaining 65% are used within our district to help with leader training efforts. To date, we have been blessed to collect over $81,000. This has been a tremendous blessing to all entities. Thanks for your support!