When Jade was nine years old, she saw a commercial on the Disney Channel which gave her the idea of collecting shoes. In that commercial, a girl was having a birthday party, but instead of having her friends bring her presents, she asked them to bring her shoes that she could donate to kids less fortunate than she. When she learned that there was a big need for something like this in her community , she jumped onboard. Besides, she LOVED shoes, so she thought that would be a fun project to get involved with.
In the beginning Jade collected shoes by asking friends and businesses to hold shoe drives for her. Her mom helped by posting on her Facebook page and on a page she created called Just for Kickz. Then, after applying for special grants, her project really took off.
Jade purchased a 10×20 shed with two lofts inside, where she stores gently used shoes until they are ready to be cleaned and sorted by size. Once separated by size and gender, she places them in five gallon totes, making them easy to grab when she gets a request or learns of a kid with a need for them. She also has many brand new shoes, which she keeps in their original boxes, stacked according to size.
She Jade has now raised over $30,000 through a combination of fundraisers, donations and grants and has collected over 9000 pair of shoes and 7000 pair of socks. What heartwarming stories she shares of the joy on the faces of the kids who get those shoes!
“Shoes For Everyone” is now published in Tales2Inspire ~ The Pearl Collection Stories of Awesome Kids