Here is what the schools tell us about the impact of our program:
Shoes That Fit tackles one of the most visible signs of poverty by giving kids in need new athletic shoes to attend school with dignity and joy. Together, we can make a difference to kids in need. We can alleviate this simple burden. We can stop bullying by making sure no child is wearing shoes that are too old or smelly or too inappropriate.
Since our founding in 1992, we’ve provided over 2 million pairs of brand new shoes and other necessities to children across the United States.
Our vision is that, one day, every child in America who needs new shoes gets new shoes, allowing all children the opportunity to reach their highest potential.
We pair “sponsoring groups” — businesses, colleges, community service groups and other organizations — with children at schools in their communities.
The school identifies the children most in need.
The school staff personally measures each child with the tools we provide.
Brand new shoes are purchased by the sponsoring group and delivered to the school.
“I love the smile that it puts on my student’s faces. It gives my kids an equal opportunity to be able to have good shoes in gym and increases their confidence.”
“The look the students give you when they put on their new shoes is priceless. It gives them a sense of relief that has a lasting impact on a daily basis. It also has an impact on the families by taking a burden off their hands. They’re so grateful their child has a nice pair of shoes that they can be proud of.”
“I love being able to have the resources necessary to respond to needs when they arise. We have so many “shoe emergencies!” Students may have shoes that literally have the sole falling off of them, a huge hole letting in cold air/moisture, or maybe their shoes are two sizes too small and creating discomfort or pain.”
“It’s nice to know that we’re able to provide a new pair of shoes to preserve their safety and ease their discomfort. This allows us to shift their focus back to activities that support their social, emotional and academic growth, instead of them being worried and sidetracked by this basic need.”