Blog: Posts in category Impact Stories

Change is Possible

March 28, 2018

This past holiday season, we had three amazing families leave the comforts of their homes to celebrate the season with us in Haiti to give back through the gift of shoes. Among them were Laura and Mark Howard and their 12-year-old daughter Kaia. The Howards and their three children live in East Tennessee, a state...

Sometimes One Word Says It All

February 6, 2018

A lot happens on our international shoe distributions. There’s the obvious process itself, of course. Men, women and even kids from different cities, backgrounds and walks of life volunteer to give back. They load and unload bags of shoes together, sweat together, laugh and cry together, and make new friendships that last a lifetime. In...

The Spirit that Sustained Us Through it All

December 13, 2017

From the blog of our president and CEO, Buddy Teaster I write a year-end reflection every December and it’s always bittersweet. Bitter because our work takes us to the places that are most inconvenient and least comfortable. Poverty, in all its forms, is very complicated. Whether it’s extreme poverty in underdeveloped nations where people survive...