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Annie’s Locker was started in 2008...

Inspired by a fellow runner who died in 2007, the idea was born to do something to inspire people toward a healthier lifestyle. We hope to help people find their “wings.” Annie’s Locker is a non-profit organization that supports people in need of proper fitness gear and provides race scholarships in Rockford, Illinois.

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News

Annies Locker Gym Shoe Distribution

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Organization Helps Hundreds of Kids Get New Shoes

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Hundreds of local students will now be able to play in gym class thanks to our community. The kids were forced to sit out because they didn’t have the right shoes, some […]

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Running for Two: Students at Rockford’s Holy Family School learn lessons in charity

By Corina Curry

ROCKFORD — Students shot their hands in the air when Carol Bingley asked them how many pairs of shoes they had at home. Some answered 20. Some said 10 or 12.
Bingley, the founder […]

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Peace Coalition: Help put shoes on children’s feet

“Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away.”
— John Lennon
As part of the Peace Month Coalition, Annie’s Locker and the Shoe […]

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Success Stories

Amy’s Essay – “Training for Trails”

“Last summer, my family fell in love – with camping! After our first family camping trip, we were hooked!

We love hiking together and exploring nature – seeing places you can’t get to with your car. […]

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Felicia Takes Flight

Felicia moved to the area in 2013. She was unemployed and depressed. Her friend Anna, a Rockford Road Runner, encouraged her to start running and referred her to Annie’s Locker for assistance to get some […]

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E’s Essay – “Running Motivation”

“Running is something new in my life, but it is also something that I would like to keep.  I have been overweight for a good part of my adult life now, and I am making […]

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Testimonials

“Many times our students have needs that are not met at home, and we are always looking for donations. The shoes we received were not only brand new, but also VERY attractive for our little ones.  It means so much to our staff, students and parents that there are organizations such as yourself that assist with the needs of our schools.”
Amber, Elementary School Principal
“I appreciate my friend Anna for telling me about this organization. She runs with the Road Runners and encouraged me to run and start living healthy when I was going through a hard time. I was new to this area with no job, four kids and depressed. Running is giving my life back and I just wanna keep going. I did the Biggest Loser 5K – it was great time – 37 mins couldn’t believe it.”
Felicia, Race Scholarship Recipient
“At the time, I didn’t know just how much that training program would mean to me and my family. During our camping trip, I would often reflect as we climbed hundreds of stairs in and out of canyons, that it wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t done the training program. And I wouldn’t have been able to do the training program without Annie’s Locker.”
Amy, Race Scholarship Recipient
“I really appreciate your support.  The shoes are very comfortable and fit perfectly.  I hope that all of your lives are blessed.”
Anthony, Gear Recipient