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The Shoe Bank

The Shoe Bank had just one goal when it was founded in 1989 to put comfortable shoes on a few hundred homeless men living on the streets in downtown Dallas. The program today provides shoes for twenty-five thousand people every year primarily children, both here and abroad.

Here's how it works. Good used children's shoes, men's and women's athletic shoes, and men's dress shoes can be donated at schools, athletic facilities, and retail stores displaying Shoe Bank depositories. The shoes are carefully inspected and then delivered to one of the Shoe Bank's local or international partners for distribution.

In the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Area, shoes are distributed to people in need through homeless shelters, shelters for battered women and their children, refugee service organizations, and hospitals. Worldwide, the Shoe Bank works, not with the largest, but with the most reliable international relief organizations to get shoes safely delivered and distributed to children in those places where the most critical needs exist.

Every year, thousands of children in countries around the world receive shoes only because kids from the Dallas area take advantage of an opportunity to give through the Shoe Bank. Our children help make an important relief effort possible and we fulfill an equally important mission by teaching them to care for those less fortunate.


U.S. Army Captain Ann Collier collected shoes from the service men and women she's stationed with in Iraq and then shipped them home to the Shoe Bank for distribution. Some of these shoes were then shipped to an Air Force Sargeant in Afghanistan and given, as a gesture of goodwill, to the locals who were helping to build her base.

The Shoe Bank is the official charity of the Arlington Turkey Trot.

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The Shoe Bank has been endorsed by both the International Racquet Sports Association and the Association for Fitness in Business.

For more information or for the drop-off location nearest you,
contact Mike Barringer at:

The Shoe Bank
Phone/Fax: (972) 771-7658
Email: MichaelBarringer@sbcglobal.net

Awards & Recognition

  • 1991: The Shoe Bank is recognized by President George Bush for outstanding community service.
  • 1993: The Shoe Bank is recognized by the Commander of United Nations Forces in El Salvador for preventing serious illness and saving lives.
  • 1995: Shoe Bank founder Mike Barringer receives the J.C. Penny "Golden Rule Award".
  • 1997: The Shoe Bank is recognized by the Sprint Volunteer Connection Program for service to the world community.
  • 2000: Shoe Bank founder Mike Barringer is awarded the "George Washington Honor Medal" from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.
  • 2008: Shoe Bank founder Mike Barringer is presented with the "Martha Allen Award" for care given to the patients at Terrell State Hospital.

Congressman Ralph Hall, presenting Mike Barringer with a plaque and insert from the Congressional Record commending The Shoe Bank program.


"The Shoe Bank has put shoes on more children in Central America than any other organization more than 150,000 since 1991."

Cameron Gray
Founder and Chairman
Orphans of the World

Mike, with special program coordinator Lorenzo Daniel.. Lorenzo, a third grader at Heritage Elementary in Highland Village, organized the most successful neighborhood collection of the year for the Shoe Bank in 2007.

A young man in Haiti receiving shoes from the Shoe Bank in 2010.

The Shoe Bank
205 Becky Lane
Rockwall, Texas 75087
Phone/Fax: (972) 771-7658
Email: MichaelBarringer@sbcglobal.net
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