My New Red Shoes
The mission of My New Red Shoes is to help homeless and low-income children look and feel confident as they start the school year by providing them with new clothing and shoes and by rallying youth and adults around this effort through volunteer and educational opportunities for individuals, families, schools, corporations, and community groups.
Not everyone has experienced poverty or homelessness, but everyone has had a first day of school. And for many, memories of the excitement and anticipation of the first day of school are still fresh in their minds decades later. My New Red Shoes was founded with the vision to improve the attendance and educational experience of disadvantaged children and youth by increasing their confidence. Providing the basic necessities of shoes and clothing for children who truly needed these things could eliminate at least one barrier to attending school and impact a child’s overall school experience: everything from increased confidence inspiring a child to participate more fully in the classroom to being able to try out for the basketball team could be influenced with a new pair of shoes and new clothing for school.