If you are reading this right now, then that means that I have successfully begun my journey into Cincinnati as the area director. As a Cincinnati native and Cincinnati Public Schools graduate, this means the world to me to be able to serve the children of my city. It was such a sweet and tender experience to jump into our nine-school schedule beginning with LEAP Academy.
Here are some key takeaways from our September 22nd delivery:
1. Expansion into Cincinnati: Shoes 4 the Shoeless has officially expanded our reach into Cincinnati, and this marks the beginning of a long-term commitment to the Greater Cincinnati Area.
2. A Generous Donation: The expansion is made possible by a generous donation from the Farmer Family Foundation, anchoring our leap into Cincinnati and highlighting the importance of community support. Thank you again for believing in us!
3. Impact: 176 children received brand-new sneakers and socks, ensuring they have shoes that fit and are fit to wear.
4. The Why: In Southwest Ohio, an estimated 60% of children live in poverty. The majority of them are in desperate need of shoes and socks. Wearing ill-fitting and worn shoes often condemns children to physical, social, and emotional problems that last a lifetime. Shoes 4 the Shoeless continues to meet one of the most significant unmet health needs for these children by providing new shoes and socks for children in need.
5. Volunteer Involvement: Over 50 volunteers from various backgrounds, including 5 different companies, 3 different cities, and 2 different states, participated in this event.
The need to provide new, properly fitting gym shoes and socks to children in need, is not limited to the Greater Miami Valley. Shoes 4 the Shoeless was born in Dayton but that was only the beginning of the journey. The expansion through the Greater Miami Valley has now reached the Greater Cincinnati area. As we continue on our journey, I know that goodness and mercy will follow us. I hope that you will too.