Gotta have sole
Now that we’re in the midst of back-to-school shopping season, let’s take a look back at all the stuff we’re replacing. Whether you’ve outgrown your old kicks or simply want to replace your sneaks, it’s time to think about paying it forward.
That’s was rising eight grader Nicholas Lowinger is doing. Since he was young—think 5 or 6—he’s been giving his gently used shoes to those in need. Now with a charity of his very own, aptly named “Gotta Have Sole,” he’s urging you to help start a movement.
While you can donate your used shoes to shelters or send them on to Nicholas, he’s also encouraging companies and individuals to donate new shoes, too. Because folks wear their shoes differently, kids get the best fit from a fresh pair. Chat up Mom and Dad and see if they’d be willing to take advantage of the many buy one, get one half-off deals at chain shoe stores. And when you head back to school, get your classmates in on the action! Host a shoe drive for a local shelter and see how much good your school can do.
To learn more, go to gottahavesole.org.
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