Help Support Gotta Have Sole's Shoes for School Program

Help raise enough funds to provide 1,000 children with the footwear they need to begin the 2016-2017 school year on the right foot.

It’s officially back-to-school season, and if that doesn’t get your heart racing, the thought of going back-to-school shopping certainly will. You might have to drag your little one to pick out their lunchbox and crayons after a long summer break by the beach, but for the 1.7 million homeless children living in the United States, this time of year often brings more dread than excitement.

Without access to shoes that fit well, many children are forced to miss school and sports, keeping them from starting a new year on the right foot.

Nicholas Lowinger, a graduate of the Wheeler School and founder of the national nonprofit Gotta Have Sole has made it his mission to provide children living in shelters across the United States with brand-new footwear to call their own. He's now a freshman at New York University's Stern School of Business. In the six years of operation (Lowinger started the charity when he was twelve, here in Cranston), Gotta Have Sole has provided more than 51,327 pairs of new shoes to homeless children of all ages in all fifty states.

Summer is the organization’s busiest season. Volunteers from all over the country tackle footwear orders sent in during July and August, as families struggle prepare for the new academic year without the financial means to provide the essentials, including new shoes.

This year, Gotta Have Sole has launched their Shoes for School campaign, to help accommodate the needs of families during the hectic back-to-school season. The goal of the campaign is to raise enough funds to provide 1,000 children with the footwear they need to begin the 2016-2017 school year on the right track. That’s a goal of $15,000 – and they are almost halfway there.

For every $15 donation, one child will receive a pair of new shoes – and the ability to attend school, participate in a sport or play with friends without worry. You can donate to the Shoes for School campaign here until the campaign ends on September 1.

For more information about Gotta Have Sole and the work they do for the homeless community, read our 2015 interview with Nicholas Lowinger here.

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