Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Counselor's Corner: Rack Room's Shoes that Fit Program

At the beginning of the year, one of my coworkers told me about a program that would provide new shoes for kids at school that needed them. She printed off the form and handed it to me. I filled it out and faxed it in, not thinking much of it.

Later, though, I was amazed when they called to tell me that I should come pick up the $1600 gift card for the school! Amazed might not be a strong enough word, but you know what I mean.

Once, when I had come in earlier in the year to pick up a pair of shoes for one kid I knew needed them, I mentioned to a Rack Room employee that there had to be a more efficient way of doing this.

"Yeah, there is," she said. "Other schools make a list of the kids that need shoes and just come get everything at one time."


So before spring break, I sent out an email to all our teachers, asking them to take a look around their classrooms and send me a list of kids who really needed new shoes. A few days later, I had a list of kids with their shoe sizes and favorite colors, and now I have 29 pairs of nice shoes to distribute to kids in my school when break is over... not to mention a few hundred dollars left on the card for later.

The ladies who helped us in the store were super nice. They just grabbed half of the list and went at it, pulling boxes in the right sizes and colors, and stacking them behind the counter. As we were working, other customers would stop to ask what we were doing. It was clear that they had never seen someone buy so many shoes at one time before.

As I explained what the shoes were for and that Rack Room was donating them to my school, one lady even commented, "Wow, this makes me glad I'm spending my money here rather than somewhere else." I agree with her sentiments.

I'm posting this as a big THANK YOU to Rack Room Shoes for helping my school, and in an effort to get the word out so that more people will donate. Find out more about Shoes that Fit by clicking here. I would encourage everyone to contribute by clicking here. If you work in a school that could benefit, I would encourage you to apply by clicking here.

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