(Dallas, TX—November, 2022)
You might think a 12-year-old would need to be roped into volunteering. But not Cooper S. from Dallas, Texas! When Cooper got close to his Bar Mitzvah, he called his aunt Ashley to brainstorm. She suggested they join forces to bring shoes to kids through Shoes That Fit and he said yes, thinking it would be great to combine his love of kicks with the ability to provide shoes to kids in need.
Cooper sent a letter to family and friends. When his friends Jake and Adriana got it, they asked to join the effort with their own Bar and Bat Mitzvah projects. Together, the three collaborated to make a difference for kids in need!
On November 18th, they brought shoes to the first school, William M. Anderson Elementary on the southeast side of Dallas.
“It was really special because we got to hand out the shoes to the kids and see how they reacted. They were happy and grateful to receive a new pair of shoes.” —Jake
Ashley shared one of her favorite moments from the shoe delivery:
“Cooper and I were helping kids try on the shoes. A lot of kids wanted to show them to their parents or grandparents before they wore them. It was rainy and muddy that day, and they didn’t want to get their new shoes dirty before showing them to their mom and dad.”
The kids also helped kids at another school in February, for a total of 797 kids with new shoes!
“What I’ll carry with me is that it’s always good to do something giving.” —Adrianna
Cooper encourages other kids to consider giving shoes as their service project:
“Do it and get your friends to do it. It makes it more fun and memorable.”
Aunt Ashley has brought shoes to hundreds of kids during the last five years through Shoes That Fit, inspiring family and friends from her hometown of Dallas and her new home of New York. Cooper participated in Ashley's fundraising efforts in the past, and it motivated him to try it himself. Together, they emailed and texted friends and family to ask for their support. They did a presentation at their school’s Shabbat, and together they raised $21,000, enough to help not just one school, but two!
Adrianna shared her thoughts from the project:
“What I’ll carry with me is that it’s always good to do something giving.”