As you have probably seen, following the release of an ad campaign starring Colin Kaepernick, some owners of Nike products have taken to social media to show videos of them burning their clothes and shoes because they were so offended.
Considering the fact that they have already purchased the products they’re burning, it’s kind of a pointless exercise, but several churches and charities are offering another solution to people who feel this is an issue that they one to get rid of their Nikes over: Donate them to people in need.
A member of Claremore Restoration Church in Claremore, Oklahoma, is asking community members to bring their items to the church, where they will be redistributed to members of the homeless community. She explained to The Christian Post, “When I saw that people were throwing things away, burning, destroying all the Nike products over the political issue, I just posted and asked people to give it to us because we can give them to people who really are in need … We are trying to turn a bad, negative atmosphere into something positive and giving and [asking] kind of, ‘What would Jesus do? It’s not just Nike, we will take anything because people are just in need … If you are going to burn anything for any reason, just donate it instead.”
Georgia’s First Presbyterian Church is similarly asking for donated Nike products. J.D. Sumner, who is organizing the church’s donation drive, told a local news station, “If you feel so moved in some kind of way that you want to get rid of your stuff rather than burn it, which is not going to benefit anybody, I got with some of our church people here and I was like, ‘why not do something positive?'”
The Hillsborough North Carolina police department has also even organized a #DonateBeforeDestruction campaign, writing on Facebook, “There is a national trend of destroying perfectly good Nike shoes. If your plan is to destroy them contact the Hillsborough Police Department and we will get them to someone who could use them. This not a political post, just a sensible one.”