Shoes4Sacramento is a non-profit located in Citrus Heights, 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 S4S as an undergraduate at CSUS in 2011 after discovering a need for shoes in Sacramento among individuals experience poverty. S4S obtained non-profit status in 2014.
S4S collaborates with organizations across Sacramento to get shoes to those in need by collecting and distributing upward of 3,500 pairs of shoes each year with the assistance of local businesses, volunteers, and non-profits.
Proper footwear is essential for everyone! 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 an auto-immune disorder 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?