Many children in southern California lack proper shoes for school. Their shoes are too small, too big, or so worn they have to stuff stuff cardboard in the soles. Some share shoes with siblings or parents and miss school when it is "not their turn" to wear the shoes.
But you can change everything for a child in need with the simple gift of a pair of shoes.
Start your own Shoes That Fit chapter and help children in need of new shoes for school in your own community. It's easy and we can help you get started right away. We can only reach where we have volunteers and donors (you and your business, friends, faith-based organization, club, etc.) to help.
84% of school staff report that students who receive new shoes through their local Shoes That Fit chapter show an increase in self-esteem. 75% participated more in physical activities and 41% showed an improvement in attendance.
Contact me today to get started help children in your own backyard and spread the smiles that come with a new pair of shoes!
1420 N CLAREMONT BLVD STE 204-A, CLAREMONT, CA 91711, US
Shoes That Fit tackles one of the most visible signs of poverty in America by giving children in need new athletic shoes to attend school with dignity and joy, prepared to learn, play and thrive.
Based in Claremont, CA, Shoes That Fit is a national charity. Last year, our volunteer sponsor groups provided new shoes and other items to more 100,000 children in need in 45 state and the District of Columbia. We have 7 staff in our one office in Claremont, CA.
"Thousands of children can’t attend school in comfort or dignity because their feet hurt or they do not have appropriate shoes," says Amy Fass, Executive Director of Shoes That Fit. "Research shows that inadequate shoes are linked to school absenteeism, reduced physical activity, and low-self esteem."
Shoes That Fit takes a simple, grassroots approach to the problem of ill-fitting shoes by matching sponsoring groups with schools in their own communities that have children in need. A sponsor can be any group of people: any type of business, school, church, civic organization or simply a group of caring friends. Then, the sponsoring group decides how many children they can help. Their chosen school identifies the children most in need of new shoes and then measures these students for proper size and fit with materials provided by Shoes That Fit.
The sponsor group uses this information to buy exactly what each child needs and delivers the items to the school.
Since our founding in 1992, Shoes That Fit has provided more than 1.5 million pairs of shoes and other items to children in need thanks to our massive network of nearly 300 volunteer sponsor groups across the U.S.