“I had a student in 1st grade who would wear his father’s shoes (about a size 12 men’s) and they would be tightly tied around his foot with shoestrings, and would flop on his feet. Because of the Shoes That Fit program, I was able to go and get him a pair of new shoes to wear. When I put them on his feet, he was so proud of them! He showed them to his teacher and friends and told them these new shoes ‘helped him run faster.’ I honestly don’t think this child had ever had a brand new, unworn pair of shoes prior to this moment. He was beaming with pride! This opportunity allowed him to feel as special as the other students in his class and definitely made a difference in his attitude and confidence!”
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'Tis the season for giving and that's exactly what @AveryDennisonCorporation did this winter! In addition to donating money to Shoes That Fit, team members donated their time to help us process shoes for a delivery.
Each child is measured ahead of time and a pair of shoes is selected individually for them. It's a special process and we can't thank our behind-the-scenes-helpers enough for making it happen!
So when people ask us, “Why shoes?,” the answer is easy… Just ask those who were directly touched.
School staff tell us that students who are part of the Shoes That Fit program show an 85% increase in self-esteem and a 68% participation increase in physical activities. www.shoesthatfit.org