"The students were very excited about the project and worked to find creative ways to gather donations. They talked to the VPTA Student SIG and challenged other schools. The students who volunteered on site, fitting the shoes on the children's feet, still talk about this humbling experience"
Shawne E Soper, PT, DPT -Virginia Commonwealth University (NEXT 2015 - National Harbor, MD)
"Shoes4Kids was an opportunity that both challenged and excited our DPT community as a whole. It was a fantastic opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to work together. As we all worked together the efforts showed tangibly in our hallways as boxes and boxes of shoes piled up. Even more excited was that these shoes benefited the children of our state. As with most projects, the students led the way in the organization, collection, and delivery. It was one of most successful and exciting projects our entire community has participated in together."
Kyle Covington, PT, DPT - Duke University School of Medicine (NEXT 2014 - Charlotte, NC)
"The Shoes4Kids drive was huge fun in service! My office seemed continually full of shoes and students delivering and sorting them. This preparation led to many good conversations and much sharing about the importance of service in our lives. Then the distribution and fitting of the shoes yielded great memories for the students who participated. They still talk about it."
Scott Ward, PT, DPT - University of Utah (NEXT 2013 - Salt Lake City, UT)
"It was such a pleasure to meet you and the Shoe Crew!!! Not only did our children enjoy this wonderful experience, but staff was so impressed by the positive spirit and teamwork displayed by your volunteers! It takes special people to come together to serve those less fortunate and Dover feels quite blessed to have been chosen this year. Thanks again for assisting our children and allowing us to keep shoes to serve many more. May God bless you and continue to guide you in this wonderful journey! We hope to work together again in the future!!!"
Evelyn Pearce-Fearon, LCSW, Migrant School Social Worker, Dover Elementary/ Plant City FL (Annual 2012- Tampa, FL)
“I've heard from many families that their kids LOVE the new shoes. One little girl told us that her shoes were extremely comfortable and the only pair that fit well. Another little boy told me last week that he had the "coolest shoes in his class."
Amy White, Program Director, St. Margaret of Cortona Transitional Residences, Arlington, VA (Annual 2011 ~ National Harbor, MD)
"This is the biggest gift our shelter has ever received. All the children now have a new pair of shoes. I hope you know how meaningful your donations were to our children and their mothers." Sheila Baker, Spring Road Family Program, Washington, DC (Annual 2011 ~ National Harbor, MD)
"On behalf of our children and their families, I want to say thank you for your time and generous donations of shoes and socks. As I continue to fit children with shoes after your visit, I was overwhelmed with the smiles from the children. It was wonderful treat not only for the children, but their families were very appreciative. Thanks so much!" Chris Bramante, Director, Mondloch House, Alexandria, VA (Annual 2011 ~ National Harbor, MD)