New shoes mean a new identity for kids experiencing homelessness.

Child homelessness is here.

17,280 kids in St. Louis are experiencing homelessness; but why give shoes to kids without homes?
While many organizations are focused on the critical needs of food and shelter, school officials tell us shoes are essential for students to succeed in school.

A good pair of shoes can change a child’s future.

Kids who receive new shoes have more confidence, attend school more regularly, and are more physically active.

The gift of shoes walks children into positive peer interaction, improved attendance, hearty self-esteem, and reduces ridicule. Our students dance, sing, and smile upon receipt of new shoes.

– DR. THOMAS-MURRAY, St. Louis Public Schools

As a St. Louis native with deep family roots in the shoe industry, I am passionate about the 4EveryKid mission. There is no better investment than our youth, which is why I am advancing this effort to provide new shoes to all kids in Greater St. Louis experiencing homelessness. The need is great, and I hope that you will join me.

– KEITH ALPER, CEO of The Nitrous Effect

Help us meet our goal of providing shoes to the 17,280 local kids experiencing homelessness.

Give a Gift

Your gift can provide kids experiencing homelessness with access to education, confidence, and increased physical activity. $100 gift = shoes for 5 local kids.

Grant Shoes

Recommend a gift through your Donor Advised Fund, or Family, Community or Private Foundation.

Join Sole Society

Support 250 or more kids with a gift of $5,000+ and become a part of a special group of donors investing in local kids.

Partner With Us

Get your company on board! Soles4Souls will work with you to create a campaign specific to your company or brand.


Start a fundraiser to raise money towards putting shoes on kids’ feet in the Greater St. Louis area. $20 = 1 pair

Give Monthly

$20 can provide a brand new pair of name-brand athletic shoes. Just $20 each month provides 12 pairs each year.

The proof is in our numbers. Shoes are a need.

of schools reported an increase in school attendance after the child received new shoes.
of schools reported that students showed improved academics.
of kids reported an increase in physical activity or ability to play sports in their new shoes.

Thank you to our supporters!

4EveryKid in St. Louis would not be possible the philanthropic support of local individuals, companies and organizations. Together, we are providing joy, education, and health to local children.
Special thanks to those who have provided 50 or more kids with a new pair of shoes, by investing $1,000+.

Greater St. Louis Sole Society



The Nitrous Effect

Clay & Lynn Jenkins*

*indicates multi-year commitments
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