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July 8, 2024

For kids facing poverty, it’s so important to have good clothes for school. Being “put together” boosts kids’ self-esteem. 914Cares understands this. Their Clothing+ program provides each recipient with a unique Bag of Love containing a week’s worth of clothing packed specifically for each individual child. All the clothing items are new or like-new donations. They also include a pair of shoes in each bag.

But 914Cares didn’t have a reliable source for athletic shoes … until they found Shoes That Fit.

Now, thanks to a generous $75,000 donation from the The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation, a shoe bank collaboration between Shoes That Fit and 914Cares has launched! This will provide 2,500 children in New York state with new shoes for school.

914Cares works locally with community partners such as shelters and schools to identify the children most in need of new sneakers and arrange distribution. 

“The addition of the Shoe Bank is such an important enhancement to our Clothing+ program. We’re so grateful to Shoes That Fit and The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation for taking this leap with us. Being able to provide young people with brand new, high-quality shoes is such an exciting next step in our mission to provide our neighbors in need with basic essentials with care and dignity.”

-CEO and Chairman, 914Cares, Jessica Reinmann

914Cares volunteers with shoes

“Shoes are important to kids. But good athletic shoes are expensive and when low-income families are forced to choose food and rent over shoes, children are left wearing shoes that hurt or embarrass them, and some kids skip school altogether. We are so grateful to 914Cares and The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation for meeting this need and investing in the lives of children by providing brand new shoes, making it possible for children to attend school, participate in sports, and enjoy everything childhood has to offer. Thank you for your continued partnership.” – CEO and Executive Director, Shoes That Fit, Amy Fass

Thank you, 914Cares, for partnering with us to help more children get to school ready to learn, play, and thrive!

914Cares warehouse stocked with shoes