Community | 12 Days of Giving - Day Six
By: Ashley Solis
Many political, social and spiritual groups would encourage being altruistic and giving back to your community year-round. However, something is in the air during the holiday season that really brings out the spirit of giving in all of us. For 12 days throughout December, we want to inspire you to give back to those who are in need in our local neighborhoods. Our "12 Days of Giving" feature will share the impact and needs of twelve different Inland Empire charities. Our hope is that each feature will inform you and encourage you to donate, volunteer or give back in some way. Please consider giving the gift of kindness to a stranger this season, because it may be the only one they receive.
Day Six — Shoes that Fit in Claremont
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Having the option to purchase a new pair of shoes is a privilege that many take for granted. Sadly, thousands of children within the Inland Empire do not receive a new pair of shoes when they are needed. Luckily, there is an organization that gives new shoes to children in need, so they can they can be comfortable and confident when they attend school.
Shoes that Fit began in Claremont, CA in 1992 as the vision of one person and is now the largest national organization of its type. As of 2014, over 1.2 million pairs of new shoes and other items have been disseminated to children in need. This organization is unique, as it does not receive any of their funding from the government. With numerous chapters and dedicated volunteers, Shoes that Fit continues to thrive.
Want to get involved? You can make a donation online or donate a new pair of athletic shoes. To find a Shoes that Fit chapter near you, please contact them at email@example.com. Also, Shoes that Fit is participating in a Holiday Half Marathon and 5k Run/Walk at Pomona Fairplex, December 13th and 14th. Want to help in another way? Shoes that Fit has numerous ways you can assist a child in need this Holiday Season.
Remember that sharing is caring, and if you can’t personally give back, share it with someone who can! #ieshineon #12daysofgiving