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Thousands of underprivileged youth to receive new athletic shoes from kids group "The Shoe Crew"
Kids hold massive shoe drive to collect new athletic shoes for underprivileged youth. The Shoe Crew has collected over 1,390 pairs of new athletic shoes to donate to kids in need when they head back to school next month.
The Shoe Crew is not even mid -way through their planned calendar of summer events, but they have collected more than half of the 2200 pairs of new athletic shoes they are aiming for over the entire summer long campaign. Teen celebrities Dylan Riley Snyder (Kickin It!), and Aedin Mincks (ANT Farm) have joined the Shoe Crew and have been attending the Shoe Crew events and volunteering their support to help raise awareness for this amazing cause! Other teen celebrities such as Joey King (Ramona and Beezus) and Haley Pullos (General Hospital) have also supported the Shoe Crew’s efforts and attended the fun events planned in this massive, kid driven effort to collect shoes.
The summer of events started out with a very successful launch party hosted by the Malibu Country Club where hundreds of attendees which included several celebrities, showed their support and donated shoes. Other events have included a Shoe Crew day at Sky High Sports in Costa Mesa, and a fun photo day at Picture People in Valencia Town Center. “We are so grateful for all of the venues and other sponsors who have helped us in our efforts to collect shoes” said teen actress Paris Smith. “Without the support of companies like Vitaminwater, Vlado Footwear, Goodie Girls Cupcakery, and K Spin Designs, we would not be over half way to our summer goal!” said Shoe Crew member Malyssa Martinez. Kayla Tinucci, Shoe Crew Captain and incoming Junior at Canyon High School in Santa Clarita, CA, went on to say “The Shoe Crew is a team effort- without the support of everyone on our team, it would not be possible to be where we are today. I am so proud of all of the members of The Shoe Crew for the amazing efforts they are putting forth to make it possible to meet our summer goal, 2200 pairs of shoes is a lot of shoes!”
The Shoe Crew consists of over twenty three members— which includes kids, teens, actors, celebrities, and public figures. The list of team members can be found on the official website, www.theshoecrew.org, which is managed by 17 year old Mark Rinkel from Corona, CA. Each of the kids on the Shoe Crew team has a job this summer to make the effort a success. Some of the jobs that the kids are responsible for include photography and videography, website management, database management, marketing and sponsorship. The Shoe Crew is a kid driven, team effort that has involved hundreds of hours of hard work by these dedicated youth. Ranging in age from 8 to 17, all of the members of “The Shoe Crew” are pitching in on a weekly basis to work towards meeting their summer goal to collect 2200 pairs of new athletic shoes by fall. The slogan on their t-shirts and website reads ‘Making a difference Step by Step”. Eight year old Hannah Welch says she wants everyone out there to know something- “We are going to do it! We are going to meet our goal and probably get more than 2200 pairs of shoes!”
The Shoe Crew still has six events left this summer. At each event they hope to get one step closer to meeting their goal to collect 2200 pairs of new athletic shoes. Shoes collected this summer will be donated, to two different charities—A Place Called Home and Shoes That Fit. Their goal is to provide new shoes to all of the youth served by A Place Called Home and in addition, The Shoe Crew is aiming to fill up the entire warehouse located at the Shoes That Fit corporate office in Claremont, CA. Shoes collected by The Shoe Crew will be donated in time for many of the kids served by both of these charities to receive a new pair of shoes when they head back to school this fall.
“We have already collected enough shoes to provide all of the kids at A Place Called Home with new shoes this fall. I can’t wait to attend their back to school event in August so we can all meet the kids and help them to select their shoes. It’s the best part of what we are doing this summer- getting to see who gets the shoes and knowing that our efforts are going to such a great cause” said teen actor Justin Tinucci, who enjoys working with the kids from A Place Called Home.
“We are already more than halfway there with six events left to go” said Gabriel Welch. He went on to say “I know we can do it!”
The next three events include a celebrity pool party on July 22nd, a skating party July 24th, and a concert featuring up and coming teen bands and solo artists on July 30th. Additional information and locations for all of the fun events can be found on the Shoe Crew website at www.theshoecrew.org . Anyone who wants to help support the efforts can attend the public events or make a donation on the website at www.theshoecrew.org , shoes can also be mailed to the Shoe Crew and must be brand new athletic shoes that would be appropriate for a school aged child.
The Shoe Crew is seeking media coverage to help spread the word about their efforts so that they can collect more shoes! They plan to make the effort national over the coming months with branches of the Shoe Crew planned in Florida, Colorado, and other states.
Many of the underprivileged recipients who will benefit from the Shoe Crew’s efforts are in need of emergency assistance. Some of these youth are from homes that have burned down, have fled domestic violence situations, or whose parents have had to choose between a roof over their heads or food on the table versus the other basic items their children desperately need. The Show Crew is devoted to helping these underprivileged youth who aren’t able to afford necessities that are generally taken for granted, such as shoes.
Volunteers, media coverage, and sponsors are needed! Contact Jennifer Tinucci (Jennifer@theshoecrew.org/
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About Shoes That Fit
The mission of Shoes That Fit is to provide new shoes to children in need for school. Every child deserves shoes that fit. Their grassroots programs are working to provide children in need with new shoes that enable them to attend school in comfort and with dignity and allow them to focus on their studies rather than their circumstances. Shoes That Fit creates a simple, hands-on program that encourages volunteerism in every community. www.shoesthatfit.org
About A Place Called Home
A Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well being; and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world.
A Place Called Home is a dynamic, non-profit youth center located in South Central Los Angeles. APCH provides educational programs, counseling and mentoring, music, dance, and art classes. We also have a recreation and athletic department. One on one attention is at the heart of all APCH programs and activities. This reflects the belief that each member arrives at our center with skills and abilities that have not fully been realized. As youth participate in our programs, they discover their interests and talents. APCH strives to help youth achieve a better sense of themselves and the world around them. Our goal is to increase the likelihood that they will stay in school and go on to higher education and viable jobs.
For more information please visit http://www.apch.org/