STF has done wonders for our students and schools out here in Local District West, a subsidiary of LAUSD. As a Community of Schools Administrator I oversee 19 Title I schools, Preschool thru 12th Grade, that serve underprivileged students. STF has come in and provided shoes for our students with the highest needs. As we have distributed these shoes throughout, we see the magic that happens with our students; their faces just light up when they receive their pair of brand-name sneakers. Having grown up as a child in a family of very little means, I know the impact that a new pair of shoes (just like a pair of brand name jeans or t-shirt) has on a child's level of confidence and self-motivation. New shoes not only bring comfort, but it also takes the child to a place where she no longer sees herself any different from other children who may have more. There is a direct correlation between a child's level of self-confidence and motivation and attending (and succeeding in) school. I applaud for what STF has done within my community of schools. They have worked their magic one of pair of shoes at a time!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
"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!
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.
Great organization that cares, because its people are genuine and truly empathetic towards their craft. I had the pleasure of assisting Shoes That Fit personnel recently at one of their events and I was truly moved by the compassion and positive vibe I felt working alongside them.
Shoes that Fit is an incredible cause - putting new athletic shoes on the feet of low-income kids all around the country. They not only help the children who need it most, but also empower volunteers and companies to make a difference.
I remember my mother and grandmother affectionately chiding me to "tell your feet to stop growing" when I was little. So, this mission is personal to me.
Our AZ Shoes That Fit chapter is called the "FATE Group" (named in memory of our fathers (Frank and Nate). The goal of our Shoes That Fit/FATE Group is to provide new athletic shoes to Phoenix/Scottsdale children-in-need. A surprisingly large percentage of our local children come from financially impoverished families. These children often times wear just socks, “flip-flops” or ill-fitting, worn/torn shoes, to school, which make it difficult for them to participate in routine school or recreational activities. Having appropriate footwear, let alone properly fitting athletic shoes, is a luxury for these children.
Since beginning our Scottsdale chapter of Shoes That Fit in January, 2006, FATE Group has provided more than 7,311 pairs of new athletic shoes to children enrolled in schools in the Paradise Valley, Creighton, Mesa, Tempe, Pendergast, Sun City West, Madison, Glendale and Scottsdale Unified School Districts. Shoes That Fit-FATE Group has also donated new athletic shoes to Jewish Family + Children’s Services, Girls on the Run, Crisis Nursery, UMOM, DeColores Shelter, Salt River Reservation, AZ Military Adopt-a-Family and the Phoenix Streetlight Program.
We could not have donated all these shoes without the unwavering support and guidance of Shoes That Fit in Claremont, CA. The entire staff in Claremont is helpful, resourceful, knowledgable and encouraging. BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE IN CLAREMONT. We are very proud to be one of your chapters.
I chose to volunteer for the Shoes That Fit organization because of the wonderful service they provide to children! Shoes are such a basic need and this organization does a great job of supporting their volunteers in meeting this need throughout the numerous communities across the nation!!
Shoes That Fit is a wonderful organization committed to helping children in need in schools across America. They provide shoes and other items these children need. In the process they are helping these kids improve their self-esteem and making it easier for them to fit in at school. We are honored to support them through our Cars 4 Causes Vehicle Donation Program. It is our sincere pleasure to help Shoes That Fit in their efforts. Keep up the good work!
In my second consecutive year working with Shoes That Fit, I have never seen a better organization to be connected with! The amount of work they put into the program shows through their tremendously successful outcome they provide! They hold themselves to a high standard in order to achieve and surpass the goals they make! The people are dedicated and committed to their quality of work via their honor and integrity! Their communication helps run the program efficiently and smoothly! Now if only we could communicate the Shoes That Fit message to even more people!
Great nonprofit where the clients served come first and administrative salaries come second.
Shoes That Fit organization helped us start a local chapter that has made a difference to hundreds of children in our community. They are very organized and helpful and are putting children first!!!
What a wonderful way to connect with schools who have kids who need help. We do not think of how important shoes are and this non-profit helps but everything together. The joy of collecting and providing shoes to kids in need cannot be replaced by anything else.
Seems like such a simple thing, shoes! But they are so important and especially to young kids. It is great that we have the ability to give shoes and completely change a child's day!
Shoes that Fit has facilitated helping hundreds of students getting a pair of shoes appropriate for school through funds donated through the SEMPRA Employee Giving Network!
It's great to see such a wonderful program benefit children right here in our community. It's amazing to see what a difference a new pair or shoes or snow boots can make for a child! Shoes That Fit has been a very rewarding organization to become involved in as a volunteer and has made a tremendous impact on our school-aged children!
I love how this charity gives back to your own local schools. I love helping children & this charity seems to be a the heart of that concept. Our children are our future & this charity is helping improve that :)
As someone with a front row seat to see what Shoes That Fit is doing throughout communities all over the nation, I'm always blown away by their integrity, commitment, dedication and quality of work. They work efficiently, communicate thoroughly and care passionately. There's not a better organization to be aligned with.
I began the Kawalk Boutique Shoes That Fit Program over 6 years ago, because as a former Special Educator many of the students would come to school with inadequate shoes for the season. When I heard about the Wonderful things that Shoes that fit was doing for children I immediately got involved and contacted them. They were very supportive and connected me with others who donated to my local Program. It is nothing better than seeing the wonder smiles on a child's face or the big hugs you receive when they receive a pair of brand new shoes, often for the first time. I am so grateful to be apart of this organization that continues to give to children in need and that is very supportive of other volunteers who are doing the same.
What a joy seeing the expressions of the children that received the shoes that were so generously donated to us. The shoes were so greatly picked out for our kids. It's such a blessing being able to bring smiles on the faces of our children.
I am most grateful for having our school chosen to participate in Shoes that Fit. The students faces when they receive their shoes is priceless. The school staff as well as the administration are equally touched by the efforts put forth by the volunteers. Thank you and wish you continued success!
Teresa Nassif, Counselor
My school has benefited from this amazing program for the past 3 years. I am grateful, not only for the more than 300 pairs of sneakers donated to our students, but for the efficient organization of the program. Not only do 94% of our students receive free and reduced lunch (a measure of poverty), but we also serve students new to the country who are English Language Learners. Many of our students come to school wearing whatever second hand shoes their parents receive through charity and often share shoes with their siblings. It is not unusual to see students wearing much smaller or larger shoes than fit. We also end up using duct tape to repair shoes that have delaminated and are flapping. Other students come to school even in winter wearing flip flops.
Our school families are so grateful when their children receive shoes that actually fit and are new. Children who were embarrassed by their footwear, appreciate having shoes that fit.
Shoes that Fit is a wonderful program. They have provided sneakers for the under privileged children in my district for the past 3 years. I am the school Parent Liaison and I am responsible for making up the list of needy students and measuring them for the shoes. The program runs efficiently and the children are so happy to receive the shoes the walk so proud in the Halls! This is such an important program! I can't thank the Shoes that fit staff enough! and our parents are extremely grateful! MeShell (Tempe AZ)
Shoes That Fit is a great organization. They have had the privilege of serving over 1,000,000 children since their founding in the early 90's. The impact they make on kids in this country is astonishing. And they do it with a very small staff so more funding dollars can go toward achieving their mission. Great work!!
Shoes that Fit is a wonderful program. They have provided sneakers for the under privileged children in my district for the past 3 years. I am the school nurse and am responsible for making up the list of needy students and measuring them for the shoes. The program runs very smoothly and the children are so excited to receive the shoes! Once when a pair didn't fit due to improper measuring, they sent us the right size within a few days! So generous and such an important program! Can't thank these people enough! The parents are so grateful!!
Sue (Freehold Borough NJ)
Our foundation has been working with Shoes That Fit for 8 years now. It is very rewarding to see personally how your charitable dollars have a direct impact on children. The joy is reflected in their faces with the presentation of the shoes. Many have never had a new pair of shoes and they are very appreciative. It makes everyone participating in the presentation feel good.
Thank you Shoes That Fit for making this possible.
I'm the Homeless Liaison for Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District in California. This is our first year working with Shoes That Fit! It was such a wonderful experience from beginning to end. They were responsive and generous with their help, and the donations of shoes were above and beyond what we expected. Southern California Edison provided shoes for our students and they did an awesome job of selecting shoes that kids like. I really enjoyed working with this group and hope that we can in the future as well!
For the last three years we have been blessed with brand new shoes from Shoes That Fit. Properly fitting shoes that are high quality do not find their way to my children. Thanks to Shoes That Fit the children get to have shoes that are high quality and good for their feet.
The moment the shoes arrive in the building the children become anxious and excited. When they open the boxes to see their brand new, name-brand shoes, the students are overjoyed. They put the shoes on the next day and wear them to school everyday until they are worn out or too tight. It is a true pleasure to watch the children open their shoe boxes and beam with happiness.
Thank you for this opportunity. Your organization makes 100 children happy at Hendricks Community Academy. We look forward to working with you next year.
I was looking for a local outreach in my community that serves children, and I was attracted to Shoes That Fit because of their solid reputation and ability to make an immediate and tangible difference in kids' lives.
My family decided as an alternative Christmas gift to pool our money together and purchase as many pairs of shoes as possible. I took the shoes directly to their warehouse, and the small but friendly staff at Shoes that Fit were super appreciative. I felt reassured that I had found an organization that I could partner with for years to come. Thank you Shoes that Fit for your awesome work!
I chose to become involved with Shoes That Fit to give back to the community in a meaningful and very tangible way. It has been a wonderful experience as a donor and as a volunteer. I feel like I am making a real difference to the children in need of a little extra support. Thank you, Shoes That Fit, for your tremendous contribution!
The smile on a child's face when they put on their new shoes that were so graciously donated is priceless. For some of the children that receive these donated shoes, it is their first time to have a new pair of shoes. For some, they are going from shoes 2 sizes too small, some with holes, and some that just do not own a pair of tennis shoes. The pride that they carry as they go about their day is evident in each step they take. I have seen children that cannot stop looking at their feet, because they just can't believe that they belong to them. One boy responded by saying, " These are mine? I can keep them? Thank you. Thank you! Thank you!! i love them! Everybody, look at my new shoes!" We greatly appreciate Shoes That Fit and their generous donors that provide shoes to our precious children and many others. Thank you for the smiles you create, the hearts you warm, and the benefit to the parents and students.
Thank you so much Shoes That Fit! Your work and the generosity of the donors provided our school community with much needed resources. Our students will benefit greatly from the new shoes they received. Thank you for providing this memorable experience for our students.
The tennis shoes that SHOES THAT FIT has generously donated are a tremendous benefit to the students and parents. Your generosity helps to keep our students motivated and excited about coming to school each and every day. We know that when students lack basic supplies, they tend to stay away. A simple gift like a pair of tennis shoes can make all the difference. This gift ensure that our students are able to begin the school year with a fresh outlook and in style.
Our school would like to express to Shoes that Fit our heartfelt appreciation for your donation of shoes. The pride and joy we saw in our student's eyes when receiving their new shoes was exciting. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to your generous souls.
Davidson Elementary School
As a counselor at a school with 90% free and reduced lunch statistics, I see many children
whose shoes are too big, too small or falling apart. My more resourceful kids cut out cardboard and insert it in the bottom of their shoes when the soles wear out.
SHOES THAT FIT provides a much needed service for my little ones. I have parents who struggle
to put food on the table call me with a catch in their voice to thank me when their child comes home with new shoes. Don't thank me, I tell them, let's all thank SHOES THAT FIT.
All a person really needs to do is view one of the thank-you letters from a child who has received a new pair of shoes, and you know that you have had a positive impact on a child's life. We have been involved with Shoes That FIt since our daughter was in grade school...she's now 23... and are proud to be associated with a charity that is so well run and serves such a great need in our community. We are also proud that such a great organization started in our home town. Our only wish is that it had a presence in everyone's town. While the emphasis is on shoes, they also provide back to school supplies and clothing for many children. The impact these gifts have on these children is amazing. It's incredible that a new pair of shoes can have such an effect....raising self-esteem, helping children fit in with their peers, increasing their attendance at school and improving their grades. The impact these gifts have on the people who donate is just as incredible. What's better than helping to improve the life of a child?? Talk about feeling good about yourself!!! It's so easy to participate.... Start a program in your area, donate a pair of shoes or become a "Sole Mate". You can make a difference too.
I live in a community that desperately depends on this program. It has truly been an honor to volunteer with the organization. It has changed my life along with the many children we have helped.
Supporting Shoes That Fit has been extremely gratifiying to me. By donating a portion of the proceeds of my children's book to Shoes That Fit, I feel as if I can really make a difference in children's lives. As a child, I suffered the embarrassment of wearing worn-out shoes and I will never forget how that made me feel and how I hid from certain activities because I didn't want my shoes to be seen. No child should have to go through that, and when I discovered Shoes That Fit, I was thrilled to know that an organization cared so much about this issue and was doing so much about it. I urge anyone who can to make a donation to Shoes That Fit!
Shoes That Fit is remarkable in that it has allowed numerous children to enjoy a brand new pair of sneakers. Many of the individuals that I have had the priviledge of serving come from families that are experiencing hardship.
ANGELS WHO CARE, INC. IS SO GREAT FULL TO SHOES THAT FIT IT IS AN AMAZING ORGANIZATION!!! THEY HAVE HELPED SO MANY OF OUR CLIENTS OBTAIN SHOES AND BACK PACKS FOR SCHOOL. WE ARE LETTING THESE KIDS KNOW THAT WE CARE ABOUT THEM AND THE GROWTH OF THEY FEET AND TOO SEE THEY FACES WHEN THEY GET NEW SHOES BRING TEARS TO OUR EYES.
THIS IS A BLESSING FOR THE CLIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
THANK YOU SHOES THAT FIT,
ANGELS WHO CARE, INC. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
Shoes That Fit is an amazing charity that has had a strong impact in every community it touches. With very little staff they are able to provide shoes and other necessities for children all over southern California. Additionally, they provide backpacks and school supplies in schools where children are unable to purchase the necessary supplies.
Great organization that's easy to work with and very effective for the community. They make every donation rewarding.
In giving to the Shoes that Fit organization you are helping a child's feet grow correctly and helping them be comfortable in their daily activities. All people need protection for their feet. You are also helping them know that yes, people do care, they may not know them personally, but they care. The first time I donated I was pleasantly surprised that they sent me a nice drawing. It made me smile. Children need to be loved and feel loved too, and having a nice fitting new pair of shoes really helps them start their school year right, or at any time the old ones have become worn. Excellent nonprofit organization that helps children.
Fit for Shoes helped the underserved students at Bastian's Elementary. The organization has been collaborating with Bastian for over four years. Most importantly,so many of the parents can not afford the neccaiaty of paying light,gas and food. So shoes for the students are put on the bottom on the list. When the students are coming to school with shoes that are too small,the soles are coming apart and shoes that are so uncomfortable it lower students self esteem.The joy and appreciation the students have on their face when I tells them that they will be participating in the Fit for Shoes Shoes Program touches my heart. The smiles on the children face when they receive the shoes show how grateful they are that other children care about their well being. Bastian's Elementary is so grateful for Fit for Shoes they have really helped the underprivileged children at our school. I am personally overwhelmed by the support and services that this organization has displayed to the Bastian's Family.
Shoes That Fit is an absolutely amazing organization! They have helped my clients obtain shoes for school and have made an incredible difference in many children's lives. It is a truly rewarding experience to see a child's face light up when they receive a new pair of shoes. Thank you Shoes That Fit for everything you do and the positive change you bring!
Shoes that Fit is an outstanding program. It is organizations such as this one and the people who support it; that helps to make a difference in the lives of so many children. The students at the building where I work have benefited greatly for the past three years. As an administrative assistant, I get to know first hand the needs of children and their families since I am ussually the person who is contacted by a parent for help. The look on a young person's face when he/she receives those brand knew shoes is priceless. I have students who come to school in open-toe shoes or flipflops at the beginning of winter because they don't have shoes. Sometimes the pair of shoes that a child receives from Shoes that Fit are the only proper shoes that he/she has for the entire school year. One of my students last year said "know I feel proud" after he received his new shoes. Shoes that Fit is not just putting much needed shoes on children's feet but they are emotionally supporting children's self esteem and raising their hopes. On behalf of everyone you service at my school and around my community I say thank you.
I first learned about Shoes that Fit in May of 2012 and was immediately moved to act because of the need of some many children who go to school in need of properly fitting, new shoes. I have seen the smiles on their faces and I know that without Shoes That Fit these kids would not be able to focus on learning and not on their feet. One of the few charitable organizations that I am not embarrassed to recommend to anyone. I feel that my entire gift, 100% of it goes to help the children. That's the way I like it.
It started by reading an article in Family Circle Magazine in the 90's. Someday I thought I'd like to do a STF chapter. It happened in 2004, retired and living in Florida and looking for a cause. I still had the magazine article and so it began.
Now, 2012, our chapter volunteers have given over 5,000 pairs of new shoes and 100,000 articles of clothing to our local schools.
Support your local children, families and community.
I have been involved with Shoes that Fit for three years. I grew up in foster care and children's homes, and can clearly remember the few times in my childhood that I received NEW shoes. Usually I had to wear the hand-me-downs of some other child - whether they fit me or not! The dignity and hope that we provide to children, by giving them a new pair of shoes, can't be measured. For them to be able to run and play freely at school, and have their feet not hurt, increases the probability that school is going to be a good experience for them. The impact on that giving will also influence that child someday to be a "giver," and the ripples just keep spreading! The beauty of Shoes That Fit is that you can change one life with one pair of shoes.....or you can get your entire Company involved, and impact the lives of school after school after school of children. Three years ago, my company, DaVita Dialysis, started with 1200 children in the Inland Empire of Southern California. It was so easy - 1200 teammates each bought a pair of shoes. This year we bought shoes for 12,000 children - again, 12,000 teammates each bought a pair of shoes. Shoes That Fit provides materials and tools that make the administrative process of a giving effort of this magnitude much easier than you could imagine.
I first starting supporting Shoes That Fit through my school about 10 years ago. Each Thanksgiving we have students donate shoes and socks, and at the end of the year we make a cash donation. When I realized what a fabulous job this organization does, I started to make personal donations. For my 60th birthday, all my friends and family made donations in my honor, and now some of them are STF donors. I wholeheartedly recommend this organization. What they do is extremely important, and you can be assured that your donation is going to the individuals that need the assistance, mostly children. I have met all the people that work in the offices, and they are dedicated and hardworking. And, there are just a few workers which is another reason I love STF. They do not spend big bucks on on administration. They spend your money on shoes!!!
We have been donating to shoes that fit for more than 15 years. It is a wonderful organization, and they make each and every dollar they receive go a long way. Every child should have decent shoes to wear, and with the help of Shoes that Fit, many children receive a new pair or shoes.
Louise and John S..
I am a school nurse at 2 urban elementary schools in Kansas City, KS. I have been working with Shoes That Fit for 3 years now and I cannot tell you how important and wonderful this program is. My schools are in a high poverty area, and we have had children walking to school in flip flops when there is snow on the ground and the temperature is below freezing. We also have many students who wear shoes that are 2 sizes too small, as their families have no way to get new shoes. This program is a bright spot in their lives. They cannot believe that the pair of shoes they receive is theirs to keep; that someone they have never met cared about them and made them an amazing pair of shoes. I have seen tears of joy; I have seen children hugging and jumping up and down in their new shoes, so happy and grateful. I cannot thank Shoes That Fit, Nordstroms, New Balance and all of the donors enough - this program means SO much to our kids. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! - Stephanie Thibeault, RN BSN
I don't remember how I heard about Shoes That Fit; I've been donating for years now. What I love about STF is that they really care about the kids. I like that I can donate financially and feel confident that the money is actually going to shoes for kids. I like that I can also buy shoes and send then to STF and feel confident that they will give the shoes to those most in need. Basically, it's important to me to feel confident in an organization that handles my financial contributions, and I've never once doubted STF or their intentions. I'm grateful for an organization that stands out from the big corporations that seem to apportion more money for in-house uses than for the groups they purportedly help. I never wonder or worry about Shoes That Fit!
I read about Shoes That Fit and the work they do in the Des Moines Register and I wanted to help in some way. I am financially unable to make a large contributions so I make a small donation each month. Using the Shoes That Fit web site, it was easy to set up a automatic monthly payment that is affordable and within my budget. I think it's important to help in any way you are able to, and it's nice that it's easy and affordable to donate.
Being involved in collecting shoes,socks and school supplies for children in our town and surrounding areas has been so gratifying. I love the fact that the child I purchase shoes for will be running around at school with sturdy shoes and feeling good about themselves because of the cool new shoes I provided.
We were once able to go to see the backpacks with shoes being distributed to the kids...it brought tears to my eyes. Don't remember when we started the twice a year campaign in our town maybe 10 years or so, but Shoes That Fit is great in helping us to be able to give back. We love the Shoes That Fit staff and their big hearts!
I have been a part of Shoes That Fit for the past 2 years. This year I will be my medical school's president of this fundraiser. I have had an extremely positive experience being a part of Shoes That Fit. The kids are very appreciative and always very happy to see us each year. This is honestly one of the most fun and easiest volunteer experiences I have ever been a part of. This is a great program that I am happy and proud to be a part of.