adidas bounce Local volunteer starts shoe donation nonprofit for kids
saw the normal things we see on Christmas lists, she said. games, games. Shoes. She has seen a lot of tough things in her life, but it particularly saddened her to see children asking for shoes instead of toys at Christmas.
She learned that 17 children, who she mentored and tutored in Kettering, all needed shoes. Her friend, Jennifer Nangle sought donations to purchase 17 pairs, but ended up collecting $1,700.
The public positive response to donating to the cause led Horlacher to start Shoes 4 The Shoeless, a nonprofit group founded in January.
Since then, the charity has purchased 278 pairs of shoes for children in Dayton, Kettering,
Trotwood, West Carrollton, Huber Heights and Riverside.
great is it been regular people donating a small amount of money, Horlacher said. dollars, 10 dollars, 20 dollars.
The goal is to get a new pair of shoes and socks for each child who needs them.
target area is the kids who are falling through the cracks who are not going to get shoes unless we buy them, Horlacher said.
Another hurdle the nonprofit comes across is locating the children. So she has sought out counselors, school nurses and other groups to find the children who need the shoes.
Keila Jenks was delighted when she received Horlacher call to offer shoes to kids. Jenks, the executive director of Dayton Urban Ministry, sees children with ill fitting shoes all the time. Her staff is trained to watch out for children who walk strangely or don use shoelaces. Those are hints that their shoes are too small.
Jenks said parents have to decide between rent, food and utilities before shoes, so they often hand shoes down from child to child for years.
In one instance,
Jenks worked with a family who was in danger of losing their house due to tax liens. She noticed their son seemed uncomfortable when walking. It turned out his size 16 feet were in size 13 shoes.