Frequently Asked Questions

Q) What is the mission of In Jacob’s Shoes®?

A) The mission of The Jacob S. Zweig Foundation, Inc. D/B/A In Jacob’s Shoes® is to provide new and gently used shoes, school supplies and athletic gear to local children in need. Grants are also awarded for camp, aftercare, sports and enrichment programs. 
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Q) Is The Jacob S. Zweig Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) charity?

A) Yes, The Jacob S. Zweig Foundation, Inc. D/B/A In Jacob’s Shoes is a 501(c)(3) public charity.


Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services registration number CH31693. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHINTHE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
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Q) Are donations to The Jacob S. Zweig Foundation, Inc. D/B/A In Jacob’s Shoes® tax deductible?

A) The Jacob S. Zweig Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Donations to the Jacob S. Zweig Foundation, Inc. D/B/A In Jacob’s Shoes® may be tax deductible. 

Please consult your tax advisor.
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Q) What type of items may be donated to In Jacob’s Shoes®?

A) In Jacob’s Shoes® collects new and gently used:

  • Shoes – All types and sizes including cleats
  • Backpacks and lunch boxes
  • School supplies
  • Athletic gear and equipment (balls, bats, mitts, helmets, cleats, etc.)
  • Socks (new only please)

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Q) Where are the donation drop locations?

A) Please CLICK HERE for a listing of donation drop locations.


Items may also be delivered or mailed to our warehouse:

5431 NW 15th Street, Suite #10 Margate, FL 33063  

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Please call (954) 905-2505 for directions or to arrange for a pick-up of large donations.

To obtain a receipt for your donated items, please deliver or mail items to our warehouse and include your mailing contact information.
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Q) Which organizations are supported by In Jacob’s Shoes®?

A) In Jacob’s Shoes® provides support to shelters, social service organizations, schools and other charities which provide assistance to  children and families in need in South Florida.
Please CLICK HERE for our list which is ever growing.
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Q) Why should I donate my shoes to In Jacob’s Shoes®?

A) Our volunteers clean and disinfect all previously worn shoes. We  make them look great so the recipients can wear them with dignity. We also sort all donated items and make sure they are delivered to the organizations that can immediately use them. In doing so, these organizations can focus and preserve their precious volunteer hours to support and pursue their missions.


In Jacob’s Shoes® also supports many smaller charities and agencies that do not have the facilities to warehouse the donated shoes.  These charities are able to request shoes from In Jacob's Shoes on an as-needed basis insuring the children they support get the shoes with the right fit.


We keep in close contact with school social workers and teachers, shelters, social service agencies and other charities to gain a clear understanding of their needs. When they contact In Jacob’s Shoes® for help…your donated items make it possible for us to get the shoes to them quickly. 

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Q) How does In Jacob’s Shoes® distribute the shoes, backpacks, school supplies and athletic athletic gear to children in need?

A) Shoes, backpacks and school supplies are distributed for children in need via requests made by schools, shelters, charities and social service organizations and agencies which have prequalified the children and families as being in need. These agencies make the request directly to In Jacob’s Shoes. The shoes are ready for pick-up by the school or agency representative usually within 1-5 days. Social workers, teachers and representatives from the schools and agencies deliver the shoes to the children for whom the request was made. The process is fast, efficient and anonymous, saving the child from unnecessary embarrassment.

In July and August each year, In Jacob’s Shoes distributes thousands of pairs of new and refurbished shoes to local children in need at community and agency sponsored back-to-school events. These events are empowering for the children as they get to “shop” and choose their shoes for the new school year.
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Q) What does In Jacob’s Shoes® do with shoes that are not in usable condition?

A) We do as much as possible to clean every pair of previously worn shoes to pristine condition and make them as “new” as possible. But some shoes are just not in usable condition or do not have a mate. The sneakers are donated to “Nike Reuse A Shoe” where they are ground down and recycled.

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Q) How can I help In Jacob’s Shoes®?

A) Help can be provided in many ways…

  • Donate new or gently worn shoes, backpacks, school supplies, and athletic gear as well as new socks. CLICK HERE for a donation location near you.
  • Organize a collection drive.
  • Businesses and schools may keep donation bins for employee and student organizations.  These bins are designated in-house only and are not publicized as public drop-off locations.
  • Volunteer….organize a collection drive; help sort, clean, and bag items; pick-up at drop-off sites; or deliver items to agencies. Students may earn community service hours.
  • Make a financial contribution to In Jacob's Shoes to support our ongoing operations and to support our purchase of new shoes, backpacks and school supplies.  CLICK HERE  to make a secure financial contribution.


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Q) How can I connect with In Jacob’s Shoes®?

A) Please CLICK HERE for contact information.
Find us on Facebook CLICK HERE.

Q) How do I/we request assistance (shoes, backpacks, school supplies, athletic gear)?
A) If you represent a 501(c)(3) charity, social service agency, school or shelter and provide services and care for children and families in need please contact us info@injacobsshoes.org or (954)905-2505.    


We do not take requests directly from individuals. Individuals seeking shoe donations must make the request via a social service agency, community support organization/charity, shelter orschool social worker, teacher or school resource officer.

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