Today’s Lesson: One Smile Equals Two!
From now through May 6, 2014, gifts to My New Red Shoes through Silicon Valley Gives will be doubled, thanks to a generous $10,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor! That means twice the impact and double the smiles! Click here to learn more about My New Red Shoes and Silicon Valley Gives.
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That’s why we partner with more than 85 community-based organizations and homeless shelters to identify children most in need, leverage the efforts of more than 2,300 volunteers, and step in with a gift that can make all the difference on that all-important first day: a hand-made gift bag containing a brand-new pair of athletic shoes, a gift card for new clothing, a special school accessory, and a handwritten note of encouragement. Also tucked somewhere inside: that boost of confidence that can be the first step toward school participation and future success.
A Step into School is a Step Away from Poverty
Research and My New Red Shoes' hands-on experience clearly show that helping impoverished children feel more comfortable with their appearance positively affects self-esteem and can help them do better in school — an important predictor of future opportunities and a potential first step in breaking the cycle of poverty. New shoes and clothing can help children like Eric, a homeless seventh grader, to face the school year with a spring in his step and a smile on his face.
“Eric was having extreme anxiety about going back to school. He skipped school a lot throughout his sixth grade school year because he was laughed at…” [Eric received his gift bag four days before starting seventh grade.] “Now he … is up on time everyday for school with a huge smile.”
Together we will bring new shoes, clothes and confidence to more nearly 7,000 children homeless and low-income children this year. Please help with a donation to My New Red Shoes today!