From our founding to our future
In 1992, in Claremont, California, Elodie (Silva) McGuirk heard the story of a child’s need for new shoes. A little boy came in the classroom crying that his feet hurt. His shoes were way too small and his parents had actually turned his toes under, shoved them into the shoes, laced them up and sent him to school like that.
When Elodie asked what the woman did when she saw that, she said she massaged his feet, put his shoes back on and sent him back to class.
Aghast at why the woman didn’t just buy him a new pair of shoes, she said, “We have hundreds of kids like him. We wouldn’t know where to start.”
Galvanized to take action, Elodie posted on a bulletin board and engaged her coworkers at Harvey Mudd College to help deliver shoes to kids in need at that school in Pomona.
Thus Shoes That Fit was born.
Elodie made it her mission that no child should have to go to school in poorly fitting shoes and suffer embarrassment and pain.
From the very beginning, Shoes That Fit partnered volunteers to host the program right in their own communities, and worked directly with schools to identify the kids who needed shoes the most. This provides them with the opportunity to learn and play and thrive!
For more from Elodie, watch her story below.