San Antonio Shoemakers™ joins Churchill's Kicks for Kindness
San Antonio Shoemakers (SAS) made a generous donation of 2,000 shoes to put toward Churchill High School's Kicks for Kindness campaign. The dance team and school leadership welcomed SAS representative, Tyler Remmert, as a delivery truck unloaded the shoes at the campus on March 26. Led by Churchill Parliament member, Mickey Wolff, and his fellow team members, the campaign's purpose is twofold. The students hope to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for the longest chain of shoes, ultimately donating them to global charities.
"Supporting educational and philanthropic efforts has been an important value at SAS," said Nancy Richardson, CEO of SAS. "We're excited to help the students reach this important international goal with the donation."
The students have gathered more than 12,000 shoes. They want to collect 30,000 shoes to break the current of 24,962. The deadline has been set for April 17.
Churchill Parliament sponsor, Rebecca Hering, was proud to see the students working hard toward their challenging goal. "They gain so much leadership experience just by going out to the community and stating their cause," said Hering. "We have one of the best communities. We've asked for the community support and they've been there for us. The generosity shown by SAS to donate 2,000 shoes toward our cause, it speaks volumes for the community that we live in."
It's not easy to find a good place to store thousands of shoes. The Churchill band has offered up its instrument trailer to Parliament to use as storage. Students and SAS volunteers trudged through the morning rain to get the giant bags of shoes over to the trailer. The students will take the time out of there already busy schedules to lace or connect the shoes together as they prepare to break the shoe chain record.
Churchill Parliament and dance team members hold up letters spelling out, "WC Appreciates SAS."
How many shoes do you own? Maybe you have enough shoes to fill up a closet, or maybe you have an extra pair or two that have been out of your rotation for some time. Churchill will accept any size, design, and type of shoe with laces - designed to fit a human foot. Monetary donations are also being accepted, which will be used to buy shoes at Goodwill and the Salvation Army (these shoes will also be donated).
Interested in donating? Take your shoes or monetary donations to the Churchill High School (12049 Blanco Road) reception office. For more information or questions please call (210) 356-0079.
Posted on March 26, 2014