May 23, 2010
Goodie Two Shoes Foundation has provided a much needed service to the children of Southern Nevada. Many of us do not ever think about what it is like to be without the "simple" things in our life, like a single pair of well fitting shoes. My experience with this wonderful foundation has opened my eyes to the vast need the Las Vegas area has for such a program. Every volunteer opportunity brings many new stories, however, the one that sticks in my mind the most occured on December 23, 2008. Goodie Two Shoes Foundation was providing new shoes to children from a local shelter. The children were brought in by bus and a few of their mother's were along. I was assisting a teenage brother and sister with their shoe selection. Of course, the teenage girl found the shoes she wanted immediately and she was so excited to have new shoes just in time for Christmas. However, her brother was not as easy to please. We looked at every single pair of shoes his size, and after at least 30 minutes, he said that he just didn't want any of the shoes. I told him that we really did want him to select a new pair, however, he remained firm that he just didn't want any. I discussed this situation with Nikki Berti, and she told me that if he didn't want shoes, we could not make him take any. I then went and assisted another young child in selecting a new pair of shoes. When I was through with this other child, I noticed that my original teenage boy was still looking at the shoes. So, once again, I asked him if maybe he found a pair that he would like to try on. At this time, he asked me if his sister could pick another pair instead. When I told him that we could give one pair per child, he then said that his mother wears the same size shoe as his sister and "mom only has slippers to wear". Sure enough, mom was in the store and was wearing worn out slippers. At this point, I told Nikki about the request, when she walked over to the teenage boy and said, "We would be happy to give your mother a new pair of shoes as long as you take a pair also". It was only then that he selected the shoes he had in mind all along. What a fine, responsible young man I had standing in front of me. I was so proud of the way that Nikki and Goodie Two Shoes handled this circumstance with such professionalism and ease. More proof as to how important and necessary this foundation is.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
So many happy faces and dancing feet throughout the Las Vegas area.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Volunteer & Volunteered at shoe giveaways for the past 7 years.