Our Mission is to tackle one of the most visible signs of poverty in America by giving children in need new sneakers to attend school with dignity and joy, prepared to learn, play and thrive. A new pair of shoes can be a life-changing event for a child. School attendance, self-esteem, and behavior improve. Physical activity increases. Smiles return. All from an often over-looked item – a good pair of shoes. Our vision is that, one day, every child in America who needs new shoes gets new shoes, allowing all children the opportunity to reach their highest potential.
Last year, we helped over 102,000 children across the country. We are active in 47 states, and Washington, DC. The teachers who work with the children we help report significant increases in: • Self-Esteem • School attendance • Participation in physical activity
We accomplish all this with a substantial volunteer effort, and with the help of civic organizations and corporations. Some of our current and past partners include: • Nordstrom • Rack Room Shoes • DaVita • Perera Construction • Claremont Lincoln University • Verisight • Vista Metals • Chris Paul Family Foundation • San Antonio Spurs • Los Angeles Kings • Los Angeles Galaxy Our goal is to DOUBLE the number of children we reach each year. A pair of shoes is such a simple need, and it makes a profound impact on a child’s self-esteem, and ability to stay in school.
Facts about Childhood Poverty: 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 204A, Claremont, CA 91711 Shoes That Fit is a 501(c)(3) • 15 million children in the U.S. – about 21% of all children -- live in poverty. • 31 million – 43% of all children in the US -- live in low-income families. •
Most Americans don’t think about the need for shoes. But when families have to choose between rent, food, medical care and shoes, shoes often come last. • Without proper shoes, kids are more likely to be chronically absent from school, or when they are there, to not participate fully in activities. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, students who are chronically absent are up to seven times more likely to drop out of high school.
YOU CAN HELP BY DONATING...SHOES, SOCKS AND $$$ find out more here: https://www.shoesthatfit.org/ & THANK U to my guest Amy Fass with Shoes That Fit...:)