I've been volunteering with Goodie Two Shoes for a couple of years now, and continue to wish I could do more. The staff and volunteers are wonderful, and it is obvious how much their loving efforts are appreciated by those they serve. My heart is constantly overwhelmed by the smiles as the kids go through the process and select their own pair of brand new shoes. I know that seems so trivial to those of us who are more fortunate, but you can see the delight and a rising sense of worth as they walk away in shoes they picked out for themselves. I recently heard a grandmother thank us through tears of joy, that we can provide this experience. Yeah, I think Goodie Two Shoes deserves to be on the list of the best.
To be able to create such joy in a child by providing them with something so many of us take so very much for granted... a good pair of new shoes... gives me great satisfaction. Goodie Two Shoes makes it very easy for volunteers to do their part. You can sense the heart in the whole staff and it comes through in the smiles, fun and respect they show to those who are helping, and those who are being helped.
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.
"With a new pair of shoes, you can do anything" is quoted on a card I keep on my desk. We at the Mesquite Club of Las Vegas, Evening Chapter sure hope so. For two consectutive years, our largest fundraiser, our Holiday Craft Auction has been a huge successes with the proceeds donated to The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation. Our members have personally participated in both a shoe distribution at a local area Boys and Girls Club and also, on site, at area schools in which children receive new shoes, several new pairs of socks, as well pack-backs filled with needed school supplies. GTSF has these events very well organized. The children's feet are sized and then volunteers personally assist a child in picking our shoes that fit them properly. We have seen children coming in with shoes with the backs cut from them as they have outgrown them and children with toes curled under due to having to wearing shoes that are too small. The children arrive with their heads held down and after being treated so special by the volunteers that call them by name and let THEM pick out the style of shoes they want, (with a little bit of growing room), the children leave with their heads high and big smiles on their faces. It is truly a wonderful thing to be a part of. GTSF founders Nikki and Toni Berti are an inspiration and make the volunteers feel so very special and have all the information, training and supplies to make sure the shoe distribution is a very positive experience for everyone involved. Our members look forward to a long term relationship with Goodie Two Shoes as far as fundraising and volunteering. Connie Macauley The Mesquite Club of Las Vegas, Woman's Club 702-378-1325
I initially volunteered to work with the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation as part of the "Give a Day, Get a Day" Disney promotion. It was such an honor to work with them to provide these wonderful, deserving children with a decent pair of shoes that actually fit them. This foundation not ony serves to provide for the "felt needs" of our children but also helps to boost their self esteem. Everyone involved with the Foundation is positive and encouraging with the children and with us as volunteers. I have served with Goodie Two Shoes again since my first time and look forward to the opportunity of serving the children of Clark County with them again as much as possible.
Good To Shoes Foundation is one of the few charities that serve a purpose for the true meaning of service. They help not only children develop a postive attitide by empowering them with something so small as a new pair of shoes but also empowers the volunteers to want to make a change. To most people we can't stuff enough shoes into our closets, but to these children that they reach out to, it is like watching a child on Christmas morning! Nothing compares to the feeling of being involved with something so special, and the fact that it helps our local children who will in turn be our local adults someday is even more gratifing. I love how the foundation is run and more than proud and honored to be a part of it!
Having been connected with the Goodie Two Shoes event for over 7 years now, I have seen from an observer's point of view just how this event impacts the children of Nevada. I know what its like not to have the coolest shoes or even a new pair of shoes that fit to go back to school wearing. During this event, each child is partnered with someone great whose only quest is to find a pair of shoes the child loves. And when they are found, you know as their eyes light up and they smile from ear to ear. Along with the shoes they receive so much more...a backbpack filled with school supplies, lunch and the individual attention that kids this age love. This organization is ran by an amazing woman and her staff is just as fabulous. The impact they have on thousands of kids every year can't be measured nor even quantified, but anyone that witnesses this, knows that these kids will remember this for a lifetime and just maybe they will turn around and do something great for someone else when they get older. Bottom line...it is an amazing organization doing a fabulous job of reaching out to those that have a need and doing it with a level of professionalism and warmth that is unmatched.