Did you know that 1 in 5 American children are in dire need of new shoes? It’s a staggering statistic that had us here at Wire and Honey heartbroken. A basic necessity that many of us take for granted, and 20% of kids don’t have. And it’s why Shoes That Fit is our November charity.
Each month, we choose one non-profit to give a portion of our proceeds to and around the holidays we prefer to focus on charities for children. Shoes that Fit is an amazing organization that allows students to feel more confident, have better self-esteem, and participate more in school.
Shoes that Fit began in Claremont, CA as the vision of just one person and today, is the largest national organization of its kind. The goal of STF is to tackle one of the most visible signs of poverty in America by giving children in need new athletic shoes, giving these children more dignity, joy, and ensuring they are prepared to learn, play, and thrive. They have donated over 1.7 million pairs of new shoes across the country!
For a non-profit that accepts no government funding and gives 90% of donations directly to school children through a vast network of volunteer run local grassroots chapters, STF is uniquely efficient and effective in their life-changing operations.
Just a quick run down of the statistics: school staff has reported to STF that of the children participating in the program:
- 88.4% show an increase in self-esteem
- 71.7% participate significantly more in physical activities
- 62.8% have better behavior in all aspects of school and learning abilities
- 44.1% report higher attendance.
We are so thrilled to support such an amazing program, and hope you will consider learning more and donating here. Happy November!