Providing Shoes and Relief to Oregonians
HOW NEW SHOES HELP DURING TOUGH TIMES
Whether helping frontline healthcare workers during the pandemic, communities impacted by the tragic wildfires, families experiencing increasing levels of poverty, this past year, Soles4Souls Oregon has been able to assist those who need it most, by providing relief through one of the most basic essentials—a new pair of shoes.
Thanks to some very meaningful partnerships and the help of our donors, we were able to distribute more than 5,000 pairs of brand new shoes to people in need right here in the state of Oregon.
More than 1.5 million children in the United States are homeless. That’s the highest rate of youth homelessness in our country ever. Given the economic hardship created by COVID-19, many more kids are about to experience homelessness for the first time.
At Soles4Souls, we believe no child should have to feel embarrassed, discouraged, or left out simply because they lack something most of us take for granted. Having a new pair of shoes restores a sense of normalcy in their life.
Our recent collaboration with Foot Locker kickstarted our 4EveryKid program benefitting public school students facing homelessness. This fall, the shoe retailer provided Soles4Souls with 15,000 pairs of new shoes to be distributed in more than a dozen cities in the United States, including 500 pairs for Portland Public Schools, McKinney-Vento Homeless Program.
“They mean that I can go anywhere, feel confident, AND be comfortable.” -14-year-old student, Portland, OR
“I always wanted Fila shoes” -8-year-old student, Portland, OR
“I like them very much, I need them. Thank you.” -16-year-old student, Portland, OR