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Causes: Children & Youth, Emergency Assistance, Human Services

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 1.8 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: 103,000 kids across the country

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: A grass roots organization, Shoes That Fit has only 7 employees  managing approximately 300 sponsor groups who run our program in over 2,100 schools in 46 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

125 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!

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.

Previous Stories

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.

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

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.