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Mission: 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.

Results: Over 2.3 million pairs of new shoes and other items have been donated to schoolchildren in need across the U.S. School liaisons report that children helped by our program showed improvement in attitude and behavior, social interaction and increased participation in physical activity.

Target demographics: children in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: 124,000 kids across the country

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: A grass roots organization, Shoes That Fit has only 10 employees; managing approximately 500 sponsor groups who run our program in over 2,500 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our Start-Up Kit provides the information necessary to successfully implement a Shoes That Fit program in your own community. We also provide year-round assistance and technical support to all of our volunteers. Shoes That Fit operates exclusively on private donations.

Community Stories

146 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I am contacted by Kevin , the Rack Room Shoes manager at Wiregrass Mall, that the Shoes That Fit funds have arrived it is a great day. Since our beginning involvement, our relationship with the store employees has grown. Each "shoe day" Kevin and his employees come out in full force, ready to serve our students and help them find the perfect shoes. The students and their families are treated with such respect, it truly is very emotional. There is not one shoe day that goes by when tears of thankfulness, pure joy, and gratitude are not shed. Thank you for the Shoes That Fit program for lifting up our students and providing them with new shoes, a gift that everyone loves!

Donor

Rating: 5

By reading the magazine The Week, I discovered this very worthwhile non profit Shoes that Fit! It was recommended in magazine as a worth while organization.
I have donated to this organization for several years now, for honoring family members on birthdays, christmas etc. I have also used it for memorial donations for loved ones that passed.
If you need to donate, please consider this very worthwhile non-profit organization SHOES THAT FIT.
Thank you
Diana Dukatr

Donor

Rating: 5

I paryicipated in a race with Will Run for Bling to raise money fir this anazing nonprofit. I am so Impressed with the work they do In providing shoes to children in need.

I may be Ms USA now but as a child I grew up poor, so I know how much something as simple as a new pair of shoes can do for a child and their sense of self. Please help this charity continue to grow!

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's been an honor to serve on the Shoes That Fit Board of Directors. I continue to be impressed and amazed by the leadership and staff, whose dedication to the mission is evident by how much they accomplish day in and day out. I am excited to see what more the organization can and will do in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My elementary school, 49th Street School, was connected to Shoes that Fit through the police department, in particular a division whose work focuses on community safety and engagement. From the minute we were connected with Shoes that Fit our experience was amazing! First, Stephanie, Shoes That Fit Associate, provided me with a clear timeline and list of tasks and within two weeks of initial contact, all of my 1st and 2nd grade students were each presented with a brand new pair of shoes. The students chose a shoe they liked and volunteers who work with Shoes that Fit and LAPD officers assisted with putting the shoes on students' feet. This is one of the most kind and genuine gestures I have ever seen performed by any human being. My students and their parents were extremely grateful for the gift of shoes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Everyone at Shoes that Fit has been helpful and kind. Karen and Jarret have been extremely helpful in placing our orders. Our students express joy and excitement at knowing that they will receive a pair of shoes. Shoes That Fit is a perfect example of an organization giving back to its community. They are a wonderful organization and I am grateful for their partnership. I continue to look forward to referring to our families.

Stephanie A.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shoes That FIt! helped over 500 students at John Ireland Elementary this year by providing shoes. More importantly, they helped by contributing to our vision of working and learning together to change the future! Our students and staff were so touched by the generosity, the partnership, and the love that was shown during our work together. The students were proudly showing off their new shoes daily! It was amazing to see the uplifted spirits and confidence our students displayed after receiving this generous donation. Thank you Anna, Bosse Lending, and Shoes That Fit for the amazing work! I look forward to a continued partnership as you continue to positively impact communities!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shoes That Fit has provided our program with several donations of new shoes/socks. Every pair of shoes appears to be carefully picked for the age of the child and I cant begin to tell you the smiles these donations bring to our children! The majority of our families are low income so when we deliver brand name, brand new shoes and socks the smiles are plentiful and genuine! During this pandemic many of our families are truly struggling with health and finances. HHKSS has delivered emergency care packages to the families and having that extra package, special just for the children was amazing! Thank you for all you do and we sincerely appreciate your support

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Friends of Clay was proud to raise funds to provide WV schoolchildren with the tools they need to succeed. Shoes That Fit is a wonderful organization - the team there made it possible for us to reach as many kids as possible, and in time for Christmas last year. This was our first year working with Shoes That Fit, but we're so excited to continue in the years to come!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I want to give a shout out to "Shoes That Fit" for always being amazing in what they do for our children. Especially during these testing times of crisis. Thank you for all your support. It really means a lot to see the expressions of children when they receive shoes and socks that are so humbly needed and it also sets reminder to parents to see they are not alone in this. Shoes That Fit, again thank you for all you do! Reach out to them they are here to help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Student & Family Resource Navigator for LAUSD in the city of Watts, I have been working with this non-profit for 8 years. My experience has always been wonderful, they have a simply process to obtain the much needed resources for our students. I am grateful for this non-profit, and all the smiles they bring to our students.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was a blessing finding this great non-profit agency to help us fill in the gap with much needed resources for our students at our elementary school. I worked with the nicest staff to coordinate for our students in need to receive a new pair of shoes. If you can only see the faces of the children, with smiles gleaming with joy. This has been an unbelievable experience for our students, our families, and our school.

Thank you Shoes That Fit for your generous donation!

West Athens Elementary

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently donated for the first time because Shoes that Fit provides a crucial service for children in need. Being given a pair of comfortable and supportive shoes gives a child confidence and the opportunity to thrive in school. This charity reaches so many children and communities across the country with the help volunteers and charitable contributions, so please consider supporting them. Every child deserves to have "Shoes That Fit".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Shoes That Fit and have enjoyed every second of devoting my time to this organization. It has been a pleasure seeing how devoted and committed the staff is to helping young children all across the nation. This organization goes above and beyond most and works tirelessly to bring joy and confidence to children in need through its program. This organization is an outstanding example of what devotion to a cause and the pursuit of making a difference can bring. It has been a joy to see first hand the impact their efforts have brought.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Shoes that fit for their Operation Shoes from Santa. It was such an amazing event. They had organized to get the shoe sizes of thousands of kids from all over the LA area and distributed them during a holiday celebration. It was such a fun event for all the kids and their families, they had made actual snow from huge blocks of ice and pictures with Santa. Working with the Shoes that Fit staff was also a great experience. Everyone was so welcoming, helpful, and appreciative of all the volunteers. You could see the heart and passion that the staff has for the mission of this organization. I had such a great time volunteering with shoes that fit and I really hope I can help with this event or other events in the future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past year I became a volunteer at Shoes That Fit and I have to say that this is a very much needed and worthwhile organization. In the time that I have been here I have seen the huge difference they've made in the lives of the numerous children they've helped. The staff is truly dedicated and they sincerely care in helping as many children as they can. Just knowing that there are so many children out there that have, and will, benefit from the great work this organization does just warms my heart. I am proud to be a part of such an amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a joy to be a volunteer at Shoes That Fit.
'Shoes That Fit' The name is a bit of a irony. It's something that most of us take for granted! But, the results of this charitable organization can not be disputed. Over 120,000 children and young teens in the 2017/2018 school year have received a new pair of athletic shoes. The charity is based In Claremont, CA and has active agencies in 46 other states.
I am proud to volunteer and to help raise funds to keep Shoes That Fit putting shoes on are youth! It is inspiring and so motivating for all ❤️
Jojo Faught

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shoes that fit is an amazing charity, they do so much for local communities as well as around the country.

Donor

Rating: 5

Shoes That Fit is an amazing organization that takes something small to make a huge impact. They partner with schools and communities to make a difference in children's lives. To most people a pair of shoes is a practical need, but to the student's/children they're serving it's a self-esteem changer, a mood enhancer, and an overall good feeling of giving back into our youth. You also get to see how hands on the staff at Shoes That Fit are. They are working HARD to make sure every donation and every pair of shoes has a purpose. I'm proud to live in a community with this non-profit.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that provides new shoes, and in turn confidence and comfort, to children in need. They make it simple to donate, so it is an easy way to positively impact the lives of school children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great people and great work for a good cause! I was fortunate enough to volunteer during their holiday shoe give away and the kids were all so happy. Looking forward to volunteering next holiday season!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to, and volunteering with, Shoes That Fit since 2009. I can enthusiastically say that their team is fantastic. Everyone who works there, from staff member to board member, cares deeply about the cause, and the children, families and schools that they are serving. I appreciate their transparency, tenacity and kindness as they work tirelessly to make sure all kids in need have shoes that fit ;)

Donor

Rating: 5

Shoes That Fit is an incredible nonprofit to partner with. We were able to impact the lives of over 100 elementary school students through this program, and they made the donation and volunteer process seamless and fun. Their staff is knowledgable and passionate, and we can't wait to volunteer with them again. Thank you to Shoes That Fit for all of the help!face

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On numerous occasions Shoes That Fit has assisted our families, many times on the same day the shoes were requested. In addition, through donations they have blessed a few of our families with jackets at Christmas time. Shoes That Fit is a true blessing to many!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shoes That Fit, is a great organization, shoes that fit assist hundreds of students in our school district each year, if there is a problem with shoe sizing they correct the problem right away.
Over the past years I have seen students from any age get very excited to receive their new shoes.
Thank you Shoes that Fit!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shoes That Fit is an amazing organization that assists students with New Shoes! These students would not be attending school with appropriate shoes if not provided by Shoes That Fit. This organization assists hundreds of students in our school district each school year. Even as the need continues to grow, Shoes That Fit always comes through for each child! We are forever grateful for their efforts!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For years I have filled a backpack for a child in need of shoes. Now I volunteer at the main office. Shoes That Fit is an outstanding organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A 16 year old recently placed in a foster home desperately needed running shoes to continue in the cross country team. She was starting a new school and having to leave her family, friends, personal belongings was a challenge. We asked that school for fit help and they came to her rescue. This young lady will run her first race with her new team in just 2 days. Thank you Shoes That Fit. Our kids need your support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Shoes That Fit program is an AMAZING program that has helped assist families in need within our community. Everyone is kind and passionate about assisting the youth and we greatly appreciate their partnership.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shoes that fit is the BEST! I work for a school district and I must say that they are truly appreciated! The continuous donations help so many of our families. There program is amazing and they get to your request in a very timely manner sometimes even the same day.

Donor

Rating: 5

This a great organization with a very simple, straightforward mission to help children simply by giving them an extremely important but often overlooked piece of day-to-day equipment that many of us would overlook: a brand new pair of shoes. It is a physical and psychological comfort, especially in a society in which, unknowingly or not, we communicate so much through the shoes we wear. The organization does this for thousands and thousands of kids around the country with a streamlined team of caring professionals. Excellent work.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been contributing to this charity for years. They do such great work helping kids in our local community through their Emergency Warehouse.

Donor

Rating: 5

We work with Shoes That Fit every year! The donated shoes go directly to the children in need. What an amazing way to make a direct impact on a child's life! They are so easy to work with, love it!

Lisa251

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a fabulous organization! After learning that they provide shoes to school age children who desperately need them at NO charge, I helped organize shoe drives to help them achieve this goal. I highly recommend you learn more about how you too can help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of Shoes that Fit about four years ago. It is a WONDERFUL organization that provides school age children who are in dire need with brand new athletic style shoes. It is such a shame that this need exists in the USA and in our local schools. It has been my privileged to spear head two shoe drives to assist this fine organization. I personally have donated over 25 pairs of shoes myself. I encourage you to do consider doing the same.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shoes That Fit is a great nonprofit that provides new athletic shoes to kids in need. From the staff to volunteers to donors, the organization is great and really cares about the kids!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization! The shoes they provide are high quality and fashionable shoes. If there is a problem with the sizing, they correct the problem immediately. Our school has worked with Shoes That Fit for many years, they are a great resource for our students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For four years I have had the privilege to help children acquire a new pair of sport shoes because of the amazing generosity of Shoes That Fit. Shoes That Fit provide all the necessary materials and teaching to measure and order shoes for students in need. Over the past several years I have seen children from 5 years of age and up to 12 years of age get very excited to receive their new shoes. They like the look, color and comfort that the shoes provide. These shoes really rock and are cool they tell me!!! Many of these children desperately needed the shoes because the ones they had were not safe to wear any more. Others had grown out of their shoes but were still wearing them. Some just really needed some good sport shoes but had other shoes that were not appropriate to wear for PE. I work at a school with over 40 different cultures and many refugees. This program is so important and appreciated at our school. I truly thank Shoes That Fit for their dedication to have all students have good quality sport shoes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shoes that fit has donated over 200 pairs of shoes to our school for our needy kids, here at Vineland Elementary School in Baldwin Park. The kids that received were beyond excited and the majority of them didn't want to take on their new shoes once the tried them on. Shoes that fit is an amazing organization. Our school is very happy that organization like this are here to help our student.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Every year, Shoes That Fit works with Nordstrom's to provide 75 pair of high-quality, new shoes for kids who need them at my school. I work in a school where more than 90% of students are living in poverty and 10% are experiencing homelessness. Their hard-working families have to dedicate most of their income just to cover the high cost of rent - so purchasing new shoes is a luxury they are unable to prioritize. This organization does an amazing job of meeting a HUGE need in an extremely effective way. You cannot imagine the difference this makes to my students, who otherwise wear hand-me-down footwear that is falling apart, ill-fitting, or inappropriate for the weather. These high quality, new shoes allow kids to fully participate in physical fitness and recreational activities, not to mention the positive impact it has on their self-esteem. The properly fitting shoes that this organization provides to kids in need is such an answer to prayer. As a school employee, many of us spend our own money to help kids meet these sorts of needs. It is such a tremendous blessing to have a partner who helps us do it! How wonderful that these kids can focus on learning and play rather than being distracted by uncomfortable footwear.

Former staff

Rating: 5

Shoes that fit was able to help build our students confidence and self esteem by providing them with a pair of brand new shoes custom fitted for the individual child.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The "Shoes That Fit" organization has provided new tennis shoes for our students and we all we had to do was measure their feet! A month later 50 new pairs of shoes were delivered to our school with the student's name on each box. The kids were delighted to receive the new shoes. Not only did they provide shoes for the 50 students whose feet were measured, they also gave us 10 extra pairs of shoes. We are very grateful to Shoes That Fit and the dedicated volunteers that work there. Lee is our contact at Shoes That FIt and has reached out to us more than once to provide this wonderful service to our school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shoes That Fit has provided shoes to many of our students. Our entire school population consists of low income families therefore, the shoes are a great relief for the families that receive them. Shoes That Fit make the process of ordering the correct sizes a breeze. If the shoes do not fit the student upon arrival, there is an easy exchange process. I hope to continue working with Shoes That Fit in the upcoming years.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with a lot of homeless and single parents. When I call these parents, of students, that could use a little help with a pair of shoes, ALL they say is THANK YOU, and they want to know who are the people that, have opened their hearts to our families. I always say with pride, SHOES THAT FIT PROGRAM. I have many stories , that just break my heart. I have requested shoes for my students in our district, THey are given to us, with a smile and pride, JUST the smile of joy brings a fulfillment of my job.
These students come from living in a garage, to just having all their family staying a rented room. Some of the families I have given shoes to also live in hotel to hotel.
I have had kids tell me "it christmas" I have seen tears of joy. I had a few students say, "how much. My mom doesn't have money..... I just say "Enjoy they are yours" They then turn around and walk away with a smile.... Giving the kids what they need, is a better chance of higher self esteem, and they will LEARN more. I have had a pleasure working with all staff at SHOES THAT FIT. They are always so friendly. Everyone that works to provide for these kids, are a true blessing.
Thank you,
I look forward in working with them this year.

Rose Burgueno
School Community Relation / Homeless & Foster youth
Bassett Unified School
(626) 931-7922

Alicia63

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to this charity for years. As an office manager at an elementary school, I have seen their work first hand, when they deliver new shoes to students. Awesome experience. At this point, I have my whole family involved and we often donate to Shoes That Fit in lieu of other gifts.

Kristin72

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shoes That Fit was a wonderful opportunity for 50 students to receive new tennis shoes for the school year at Alice Smith Elementary in Hopkins' MN. The students and their families were dealing with many issues such as death of a parent, homelessness, foster care...The list could go on and on. The students and families were so appreciative of the new tennis shoes. GREAT program. Kristin Lutz-Elementary Schoo Counselor

Tonia T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This past year we were able to give away 83 pairs of shoes to students that were in great need of a new pair of shoes. I had several students that never had brand new shoes nor had a brand name. The lift in their steps as they walked around in their new shoes and the "Thank you's" was just heart touching to me. Making this experiment worth 10x's the amount of appreciation I have for this program. I even had students wanting to give back to the cause.
Thank you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working hand in hand with the Shoes That Fit program, and I cannot express the amount of gratitude and support the program has given me over the years. This program has allowed hundreds of children in my school to be able to gain confidence and take pride in a necessity that many of us take for granted on a daily basis. They feel like they belong because they do not have to be ashamed of factors that they have no control over. This positive impact carries over to the parent/guardian who does not have to worry about the financial and emotional burden of their child not having new shoes. I just want to thank all the employees at Rack Room Shoes that work so hard to make this program available to my families. They make such a positive impact on so many lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shoes that fit is a wonderful organization , when I received that phone call saying that my school was chosen to get new sneakers for children. I was so happy to let the parents and students know that they would be receiving new sneakers.The parents were thankful. Shoes that Fit and New Balance thanks for putting a smile on our children face.

Libby6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shoes that fit has been a life changing organization for our school. To see the sweet faces of our elementary children as they receive a bright new pair of shoes....... for many of them it's the nicest pair of shoes they have ever worn. They are so appreciative and take great pride in wearing their Rack Room Shoes each and every day!
Thank you Shoes that fit for everything your do for children, each and everyday!!
Libby Cox
Counselor Morehead Elementary School

Client Served

Rating: 5

Provides shoes for low income families. Amazing people and very easy to work with. Great program!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hoover Elementary has worked with Shoes that Fit for several years now and I have really enjoyed the support we have received. Hoover Elementary is the neediest school in our district and the support Shoes that Fit has provided us goes above and beyond! I have had students brought to my office with shoes that have duct taped together, stapled, tied using string and shoes that do not have soles. We have students that are not able to participate in PE due to their shoes falling apart. Shoes that Fit has been able to get students back to PE class quickly and provide students shoes that fit appropriately and aren't falling apart. Thank you Shoes that FIt!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are a fabulous organization. When my principal was initially contacted all I could see was more work for the secretary. While there is a little more work the smiles and the appreciation from not only the children but the parents makes it ALL worthwhile. Remember how it feels to put on a really cute outfit, know that you are styling, and walk out the door with an "I Can Do Anything" attitude? That's how these elementary children feel when they put on their new pair of New Balance sneakers. The "Thank You" notes the students write are heart felt and the appreciation real. I hope that Shoes That Fit will always be available to our students. This program does change the lives of the students on the receiving end for if nothing else even just that day!! This is a phenomenal opportunity that I get to offer to 50 deserving students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jarret has helped our homeless youth so much!
I appreciate all of your agencies assistance!
Children are so grateful for the new pair of shoes!
Thank you so much!
Alma Banuelos, Rialto USD Homeless & Foster Youth Liaison

Former staff

Rating: 5

This is an amazing program that helps a lot of children in need. The need is great and it is amazing to have a program like Shoes That Fit to help the families in need.

Client Served

Rating: 4

A local business in a nearby community partnered with Shoes That Fit to provide shoes to many of our students. We are in a very small rural community that is HIGHLY impoverished. The students who received shoes were so excited and appreciative. It may seem like they are only shoes, but shoes are really important to a child. The process was simple and the shoes were delivered to our school. We hope to have many more experiences with Shoes That Fit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great, great program. Uses money from the community to help children in the community.

Out of 26 schools in my district, I was the only one who was interested in orchestrating this for our children. Now, all of the schools are on board. It has helped so many needy children from kindergarden all the way up to seniors. I work at a High school, so I am able to work with all of the schools and help all.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shoes that Fit provided 50 of our students with much needed shoes for the school year. This was greatly appreciated by our families, staff and the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shoes That Fits is life saver for Central Elementary in City Heights for many years. They provided shoes for students throughout the years. We felt bless to have Shoes That Fits support out school. Our students wore worn-out shoes, shoes that have holes, wrong size and did not have one and they came to school on sandals. We look through each case and able to provide a new pair of shoes to students. Our parents are thankful to have the tremendous generosity from the donors. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The store employees were amazing helping fit our students for shoes. Every child felt special and were so excited about their news shoes. Several of our girls were dancing outside the store twirling around in their new shoes. It was such a great experience

Former staff

Rating: 5

I have been working with Shoes that Fit for several years, it's a wonderful program, filled with mercy, love and generosity.
I work for the Escondido Union School District, serving schools with a large number of low income families . It's amazing when we see the students happy when they receive their new shoes.
This program makes a big difference, and many dreams come true.

Thank you very much, we really appreciate the support that you are offering to our kids.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My students reside in a very low income area in South Los Angeles. Shoes That Fit has brought so much joy by providing them with shoes to attend school daily without being embarrassed or talked about because of holes in their shoes. One 5th grade student came running up to me at the beginning of the school year and asked if I was going to get shoes again. He and his family had fell on very hard times. I told him I would and that I would put him on the top of my list. The smile that shown on his face was beyond priceless. We are all so thankful for all the support Shoes That Fit give to our students year after year. It would be so hard to do without them. Thank you sooooo much Shoes That Fit. We so need you.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Shoes That Fit have been such a blessing to the students at Cholee Lake Elementary. The students who are less fortunate and may be considered homeless benefit from the free shoes. The students are very proud to wear the shoes sponsored by New Balance.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

"After all, new shoes provide dignity, hope, pride and self-esteem"

"I am humbled at the generosity that my students received from Shoes that Fit, my students were thrilled by the gift they received of a new pair of athletic shoes and socks."-Mr. Saravia

Thank you Shoes that Fit for their generous contribution in support of our students, and making a difference in their lives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are willing to provide immediate assistance.
Thank you

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteered for about a year at Shoes that Fit, filling orders submitted by schools for students in need of shoes. As a retired school teacher, I know that a pair of shoes for a needy child can make a world of difference. These athletic shoes are new and attractive which makes the shoes for these children even more valuable. When I worked in Pomona Unified and saw the effects of what a pair of shoes could for children, I decided that I would volunteer to help when I retired. I am very happy to volunteer for this organization. It's focus is about the shoes ! And, what a difference these shoes make.