Shoes That Fit Blog by category: Children
While enjoying the rest and relaxation summer brings, many of you might be wondering how you can help Shoes That Fit from the comfort of your own home, poolside, beachside or lakeside. Will you take just 3 minutes and tell others about your experience with Shoes That Fit? Your personal story and feedback helps us gain visibility and may help us improve our program. Please share your experience at the Great Nonprofits website.
Have you often wondered how you can help children in need when, like many of us, you don't have the time, energy or resources to volunteer? Well, here's your chance to help us in less than 1 minute & all you need is a Facebook account and your laptop, tablet or computer.
Shoes That Fit has been nominated for a $75,000 grant from DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse to help us provide new shoes for children in need. This grant will allow us to expand our programs so children in need can attend school in comfort and with dignity, better prepared to learn and play. We need your votes and we need you to share this info!!!
Simply visit the DSW facebook page, click "Like" then click on the green "Shoe Lovers Care" tab and vote for Shoes That Fit - That's it! Please vote every day from June 6-19th!
We've discovered a few helpful tips to make voting easy:
- DSW did not design this contest for voting with your cellphones! (so sorry!)
- You only have to 'Like' DSW's page once, then vote daily until June 19th
- After your 1st vote, you may need to clear your computer's browsing history to make the 'Vote' buttons reappear on the Shoe Lovers Care page.
With the unofficial kick-off to summer just a few days away, we wanted to update you on all the wonderful things our supporters are doing in the coming months to continue helping children in need receive new shoes. Many of our volunteer chapters around the country have been working tirelessly throughout the school year to ensure that children attend school in comfort and with dignity, better prepared to learn and play. With summer fast approaching, many of these same students will attend summer school and even begin the new school year in the fall wearing the same shoes they are wearing right now! Many of our supporters ask, 'What can I do to help?' Here are some simple and fun ways you can contribute to Shoes That Fit so mark your calendars now!
Irwindale Chamber of Commerce hosting a shoe drive through June 13th. Each donation of a new pair of athletic shoes or $20 gift through the Chamber enters you in a drawing to win 'Beer For A Year' compliments of MillerCoors!
Online shopping through GoodSearch - It’s easy. Just pick a cause you care about (hopefully, Shoes That Fit!) Then, as you go about your daily online activities like searching or shopping, you’ll be raising money for our cause – at no cost to you!
Join us in the Claremont Village (CA) June 29th for 'Blues & Brews' Craft Beer Walk & enjoy live music & delicious food at over 30 Village businesses! A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit Shoes That Fit!
The Hafif Family Foundation is once again hosting a series of Concerts Under the Stars & generously absorbing the entire cost of the event, leaving 100% of each $55 ticket donation to Shoes That Fit when purchased through us! Dates are: July 13, July 20 & August 10 - appetizers, dinner, drinks & live music on the breathtaking grounds of the Hafif Estate.
If you're a runner, register for the annual Scheels Shoes That Fit 10K taking place August 24th in West Des Moines, IA. $5 of each registration fee donated to our volunteer chapter at OnMedia Ad Sales!
Are you hosting any parties this summer? Consider a party with a purpose - invite your guests to support Shoes That Fit by bringing a new pair of athletic shoes to donate to our emergency warehouse in CA or make a small contribution safely & securely online in honor of the host (that's you!)
Coming soon: we are a finalist in DSW Shoe Lovers Care program, Leave Your Mark! You can help Shoes That Fit win $75,000 beginning June 6 through June 19! Simply vote for Shoes That Fit on DSW's Facebook page & share the news with your Facebook friends. Every vote counts!
There are many ways for you to keep in touch with all the goings on at Shoes That Fit; Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, sign up for eNews or follow us on LinkedIn.
Thank you for believing as we do that every child deserves shoes that fit.
Thanks for visiting our blog today! There's lots going on here at Shoes That Fit and we're excited to share all the good news with you.
Through the generosity of the Village Marketing Group, participating Claremont, CA merchants and our local community, over 200 children sprung into spring with new shoes, socks & other goodies during the Spring For Shoes event!
Our volunteers and incredible attorneys at Holland & Hart, LLP in Las Vegas, NV delivered 360 pairs of new shoes to students recently as part of their ongoing committment to provide 'non-legal' charitable and civic work in their community as well as pro-bono professional service.
Bonita Springs, FL chapter of Shoes That Fit had another successful luncheon and fashion show fundraiser thanks to volunteer Pat Leggett.
We are grateful for our recent partnership with DaVita, Inc. DaVita employees, or teammates as they like to be called, embarked on a nationwide community service event called "Shoes-a-palooza" and delivered more than 11,000 pairs of new shoes to schoolchildren in need across the U.S.!
Our small staff of employees has grown from 6 to 7 and the mission of Shoes That Fit is spreading thanks to the continued support of our loyal donors and volunteers.
We recently completed our statistics and are proud to say that since 1992, Shoes That Fit has provided 1,187,540 pairs of new shoes and other items to children in need throughout the country! Our programs help students in over 1,600 schools within 42 states. We've also achieved Charity Navigator's highest rating of 4-Stars for a third consecutive year.
We are thankful for the continued support of our donors, volunteers and supporters and welcome any questions or comments you might have.
And remember, Shoes That Fit has gone social so you can keep up with all the wonderful work being done through our programs. Find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube!
As we begin a new year, Shoes That Fit is so grateful for our many volunteers and donors who give so generously of their time and resources to make sure that children in need across the country attend schol in new shoes in comfort and with dignity, ready to learn and play. Thank You! New shoes bring hope and joy to the many, many children we serve.
Here are just a few of the achievements you made possible in 2012:
- Our 3rd consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator (their highest rating)
- Our first ever gala, celebrating 1 million pairs of new shoes and other items donated to children since our founding 20 years ago
- 257 pairs of new shoes donated to children at PS 25 Elementary school in Brooklyn, NY after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
We could not have reached these milestones without you, our loyal volunteers and donors. Thank You!
As our 20th anniversary comes to a close, we are truly grateful for our volunteers, supporters and the many milestones we have achieved. One million pairs of new shoes and other items were donated to children in need across the county since our founding in 1992 - no easy feat! With the holidays in full swing and so much for us all to be grateful for, let's not forget the deserving children helped through Shoes That Fit.
It's not too late! If you haven't made your year-end contribution to Shoes That Fit, you can safely & securely donate online now or mail in your check. If you have already sent your gift, Thank You! You help make it possible for children in need to attend school in comfort and with dignity, better prepared to learn and play.
You can also help children in need through the annual Nordstrom Holiday Giving Tree program across the U.S.from now through December 24, 2012. Every Nordstrom Full-line store will display holiday trees with tags that customers can purchase for $20. Each of the more than 8,100 tags represents a deserving child in that community who will receive a new pair of New Balance athletic shoes.
If you're in Southern California, our small emergency warehouse located within our Claremont headquarters is desperately in need of restocking of all sizes (children's size 10 through adult size 12). Your donation of new, closed heel, closed toe athletic style shoes will be greatly appreciated.
Wishing you a Happy Holiday and Prosperous New Year!
Roni, Amy, Lee, Barbara, Jarret and Thomas
Help us win a new car to make an even bigger difference in the lives of children in need!
Shoes That Fit is proud to announce we’ve been selected as a finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Program. Now we need your support!
Tell your friends and vote for Shoes That Fit at www.100carsforgood.com on July 14, 2012. (You must be logged into your Facebook page to vote)
Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will be awarding 100 vehicles to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days based on votes through Facebook from the public. A total of 500 nonprofits were selected from more than 4,000 applications nationwide.
Thank You for your support of Shoes That Fit & the children we serve!
A new campaign launched this week on Modern Woodmen of America's facebook page will benefit Shoes That Fit with a donation up to $10,000! Modern Woodmen, a fraternal financial services organization, will donate $1 to Shoes That Fit for every new 'Like' they receive on their fan page. The goal is to reach 10,000 fans by the end of 2012. Here's how you can help:
- Visit www.facebook.com/modernwoodmen and 'LIKE' the page. That's it!
- You can also spread the word to your facebook friends to help us reach the $10,000 goal. Help children in need receive new shoes through Shoes That Fit with a simple click of your mouse!
The Sneaker Ball, which took place April 21st was a roaring success thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, & supporters! Find out about this wonderful event celebrating Shoes That Fit's 20 Year Anniversary and the donation of 1 Million pairs of new shoes to children in need across the U.S.!
The Sneaker Ball is finally here & we want you to come celebrate with us! After lots of planning & preparation, we are puttng the finishes touches on our gala in celebration of Shoes That Fit's 20 Year Anniversary and donation of 1 Million pairs of new shoes. We'd love for you to join us April 21st at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, CA for an evening of fun, food, friends & laughter! You don't want to miss this once in a lifetime event in celebration of the many children helped by the Shoes That Fit program across the country.
The Sneaker Ball kicks off with a hosted cocktail reception, live entertainment, gourmet meal and your chance to bid on our incredible live & silent auction items to include unbelievable vacation packages, quaint get-aways, designer fashion items from Jimmy Choo, Prada, & Cole Haan just to name a few! Of course, there will be a few unforgettable 'surprises' in between.
Can't make it to the Sneaker Ball but still want to support this wonderful program? Your tax-deductible donation gladly accepted & appreciated!
Shoes That Fit is so excited to celebrate these milestones of 20 Years & 1 Million pairs of new shoes donated to children in need! We know that you believe as we do that-Every Child Deserves Shoes That Fit. See you at the Sneaker Ball!
Shoes That Fit is proud to announce that on March 11th our very own volunteer extraordinaire, Linda Ray, will be awarded the Heroes of the Heartland award by Stater Bros. Markets which includes $10,000 to donate to the charity of her choice!
Linda has been working her magic as a Shoes That Fit volunteer since 2004. She has led her Golden State Foods workplace in City of Industry in their Shoes That Fit endeavors, donating 2,234 pairs of brand new athletic shoes to children in need at 39 schools in eastern LA County, the Inland Empire and beyond. Linda’s site is geared to help an additional 7 schools before Spring Break. Potentially 525 more kids will be heading to school with shoes that fit—and smiles on their faces.
Linda says Shoes That Fit is more than just a workplace project.
“Partnering with Shoes That Fit not only has strengthened our community and our company’s culture,” says Linda, “but it is now a mission within my family that is being passed to a third generation.”
Linda’s Shoes That Fit work has inspired other Golden State Foods sites across the country from Washington state to North Carolina. From the beginning of the school year in August 2011 on through this past winter break, Golden State Foods chapters provided 1,674 pairs of new shoes to children in 8 states—all working with the same model Linda helped develop.
“Linda has taken time from her busy schedule to participate as a volunteer for our Foundation for many years,” says Renee Uribe, the current GSF Foundation Chair at their site. “Volunteers such as Linda are changing the lives and shaping the future for youth throughout our communities every day. She is truly an inspiration.”
“While Shoes That Fit is a national organization helping children in 40 states, we are focusing our growth in LA and Orange Counties and the Inland Empire,” says Roni Lomeli, Executive Director of Shoes That Fit. “If we could clone one volunteer to help us achieve our goals, it would be Linda Ray. By lashing her corporation’s commitment to community involvement to her personal and family passion for giving, Linda not only provides new shoes to hundreds of children each year, she inspires others to do the same.”
Our Sneaker Ball celebrating Shoes That Fit's 20th Anniversary and donation of 1 million pairs of shoes is just around the corner on April 21st. We are looking for supporters willing to donate air miles to be used as part of vacation packages in our live auction during the Sneaker Ball. Can you help?
Your donations must cover coach class tickets for travel in the Continental US or to Hawaii. Please contact Roni or Diana via email or by phone at 888-715-4333 for info. Thanking you in advance for your help!
Happy Holidays from the Shoes That Fit staff! As this year comes to an end, we wanted to say Thank You to all our volunteers, donors & school liaisons for their unwavering support of our mission to provide new shoes to children in need who wouldn't otherwise have them. Your support allows these deserving children to attend school in comfort and with dignity. As we head into 2012, we look forward to our 20 Year Anniversary which we will celebrate in April & to the donation of our 1 Millionth pair of shoes! We hope you'll continue to rally around the important work being done through our programs across the U.S. and look forward to another exciting year at Shoes That Fit!
Roni, Michelle, Lee and Barbara
Shoes That Fit is thrilled to have been granted $7,500 through Walmart's "12 Days of Giving" Holiday Campaign on Facebook! When we heard about Walmart's call for nominations, we immediately submitted photos & a description of how Shoes That Fit programs impact local communities throughout the country. A panel from the Walmart Foundation reviewed 5,400 submissions from nonprofits that are making a difference in their own communities and Shoes That Fit is proud to have been chosen on this fourth day of Christmas!
Shoes That Fit, Nordstrom and New Balance have partnered once again to provide nearly 12,000 children in need with new shoes this holiday season! Nordstrom’s Holiday Giving Tree Program, which takes place across the U.S. from November 25 through December 24 displays a holiday tree in 117 Nordstrom stores with tags you can purchase for $20. Each tag purchased represents a deserving child in your community who will receive a brand new pair of New Balance athletic shoes. So while you're out shopping this holiday season, pick a gift tag from the Giving Tree at your local Nordstrom & bring joy to a deserving child in need!
Last year, you made it possible for Anthony & more than 119,000 children like him to start school with his head held high. Here is what he wrote after receiving his new shoes:
"...To you people it may be nothing but to me it is a blessing. For me a new pair of shoes to come by are really hard. I'm almost dirt poor and I look all bumish but with these new shoes I won't look that bad anymore...God bless you people for throwing some joy into my life-you people are too kind!
There are thousands of children all across the country just like Anthony. They are the kids in the back of the room whose feet hurt so much that they can't concentrate, so worried about what their peers will think, they don't even participate in recess.
We are depending on you to help children like Anthony take the first step to success in school with brand new Shoes That Fit. And it's so easy to do! Donate online now, mail your check or money order or consider becoming a Sole Mate & make automatic monthly donations of as little as $20 a month to Shoes That Fit. You'll receive an acknowledgement for your tax-deductible gift and a thank you note from a child your gift has helped. As Anthony wrote, "Take care of yourselves and once again, thank you!"
As National Volunteer Week is coming to an end, I want to take this time to honor our volunteer force at Shoes That Fit. Without you, we could not continue the important work of providing new shoes to children in need. You are our boots on the ground; you help the children in your own communities feel good about themselves. You make it possible for these kids to run and play and fit in with their peers at school. You help remove the stigma of poverty for so many of these deserving children. We thank you for your continued dedication, time, energy and compassion to the children you are helping through your volunteer chapters right in your own backyards. Thank you for believing that every child deserves shoes that fit!
Swing into spring by helping a child in need
With the official start of Spring just a few days away, Shoes That Fit is off and running with our annual Spring for Shoes campaign in the Claremont Village, CA! Campaign runs from: March 25 –April 10, 2011. Under the leadership of Joan Bunte, owner of Stamp Your Heart Out, and the generosity of merchants throughout downtown Claremont, 200 local school children in need will be treated to new athletic shoes, socks and other goodies. Participation is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
- You choose an empty basket with a child’s name, age and shoe size from any participating merchant
- Fill the basket with a new pair of shoes, socks and treats
- Return the basket to the store you picked it up from
And since you’ll already be in The Village picking up your Shoes That Fit basket to help a child in need feel great returning to school from spring break, hop around to some of the other participating merchants and pick up a few springtime goodies for yourself, too!
For more information or a complete list of participating merchants, contact Joan Bunte at Stamp Your Heart Out 909-621-4363
Shoes That Fit is getting closer to reaching our goal of providing 1 million pairs of shoes to kids in need thanks, in part, to Rack Room Shoes!
Since Shoes That Fit partnered with Rack Room Shoe Stores during the fall of 2007, nearly 63,000 pairs of new shoes have been provided to children in need through Rack Room's volunteer efforts. All 390 stores across 26 states have been involved in raising funds to support the Shoes That Fit program in the communities each store serves. Here's just a sample of the many letters of appreciation received from a Principal at one the many schools helped by Rack Room:
"After the new shoes were distributed, a young girl came to me and gave me her empty shoe box. I asked her how she enjoyed her new shoes and a big smile came across her face. As she sat down, I tossed the box into a nearby recycling container. Fifteen minutes or so later I saw her with the box again as she walked into classroom. When I asked her if there was something in the box that she needed, she shared with me that she wanted to keep the box. She had never received a new pair of shoes before and had no idea that new shoes came in boxes. That box was truly special to her...keep up the good work. You are making a difference in the lives of children."
Happy New Year Everyone! 2010 was a challenging year for many families across the country but your gifts and support through volunteerism have helped children start the new year on the right foot and for that, we say Thank You!
There is much work ahead in 2011 but we know that with your support, we will continue to help children in need attend school in comfort and with dignity. We are also very excited about our upcoming 20 year anniversary and donation of 1 million pairs of shoes in 2012. We hope you'll join us in celebrating these milestones at The Sneaker Ball! Since kids say it best, we thought we'd share with you some Thank You letters written by children helped through Shoes That Fit in 2010:
Thanks for giving us shoes...I hope you guys keep helping people that can't afford this stuff. Thanks for giving poor people stuff they really need. God bless you. You guys rock! -Juan
Thank you for the shoes. Why did you make the organization? I'm sure you'll help many kids. Nice work! -Adrian
First off I would like to say thank you so much for the free shoes. To you people it maybe nothing but to me this is a blessing. For me a new pair of shoes to come by are extremly difficult. Im almost dirt poor and I look all bumish but with these new shoes I wont look that bad anymore! I really love the shoes you sent me and im gonna make them last as long as possible! God bless you people for throwing some joy into my life you people are too kind! Take care of yourselfs and once again thank you! Sincerely, Anthony
The holidays are here again. Bright lights, homemade cookies and the warmth of family and friends make us grateful for all we have. But not everyone is having a happy holiday this year. Today, more than ever, there are families who need your help. Shoes are one of the most expensive necessities parents or guardians must provide for their children and if a family has to choose between food on the table or replacing their children's worn and ripped shoes, the stomachs usually win.
You, our generous contributors and Shoes That Fit volunteers are making a difference for these children every day. By helping even just a few kids, you are easing the burden on your entire community. Times are hard and you are going above and beyond to make things better in your own backyard. It's not too late to help a child in need this holiday season.
Thank You for all you do through Shoes That Fit. I wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season and all the best in the new year.
As we head into this holiday season, Shoes That Fit is thankful for all of our wonderful contributors and volunteers! Thousands of children across the country are given hope through the simple gift of a new pair of shoes and YOU make that possible.
There are many easy ways you can continue to help kids in need while preparing for the holidays. Here are just a few ideas to get you started…
· While shopping at ANY Nordstrom store across the U.S., pick a gift tag from the “Giving Tree” to help a local child receive a new pair of New Balance shoes.
· For each $50 donation in honor of someone, we will send one plain wrapped empty shoe box to your loved one with a note from you explaining that the box is empty because shoes were given to a child in need in their name. Also included will be a thank you note we received from a child helped by Shoes That Fit.
· Your little one will be thrilled with the story of “Flip Flop Flo, the Know-It-All” written by Gloria Barone Rosanio. Sales of this wonderful children’s book benefit Shoes That Fit!
· Vons & Safeway grocery stores throughout California now carry Causes Gift Cards! This card allows you to give the gift of giving; whomever you give them to can make a donation to any non-profit in the U.S. including Shoes That Fit! (purchase of the gift card is tax deductible).
· Instead of the usual workplace gift exchange or “secret Santa”, ask your coworkers to purchase a new pair of athletic shoes or make a small donation to Shoes That Fit.
Help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary and 1 million pairs of shoes!
Can you believe it? Shoes That Fit has been providing new shoes to children in need across the U.S. since 1992! As we approach our 20th anniversary & donation of our 1 millionth pair of shoes, we look to you, our loyal contributors for inspiration.
We will be celebrating these milestones in April 2012 and we need your help in giving our gala a name. Please submit your idea for our event name which best describes both our 20th anniversary & the milestone of providing our 1 millionth pair of shoes.
The winning entry will receive 2 free tickets to our gala!
Please submit your entry by November 30th, 2010 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Name Our Gala”
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