Shoes4Sacramento is a community project located in Sacramento, California that collects new and gently used shoes to redistribute to the homeless and families-in-need in the Sacramento region.
HOW DID IT START?
Christina Preston started collecting shoes in 2009 for an international organization on a volunteer basis. In 2011 while finishing her undergraduate degree at Sacramento State University, Christina realized there was a great need for shoes in her hometown that was being overlooked. In Spring 2011, she became a service provider at Homeless Connect held each year at Sacramento City College hosted by Steps Forward.
S4S now collaborates with organizations across Sacramento to get shoes to those in need by collecting and distributing upwards of 4,000 pairs of shoes each year with the assistance of local businesses, volunteers, and non-profits.
Proper footwear is essential for everyone, but especially for the homeless. Shoes are required to ride on public transit, enter clinics, restaurants, or stores. Shoes also provide essential protection. A simple blister or cut for someone without shoes can become a serious infection that can eventually lead to a medical emergency for someone who may lack access to basic first aid. Individuals suffering with HIV/AIDS or diabetes are especially at risk. Shoes also help protect against the elements during the cold, wet winters and hot summers in Sacramento.
The average American owns 19 pairs of shoes.
Can you spare a pair for someone in need?