It’s not fair.
As kids, these have been our favorite words every time we didn’t get what we wanted – be it the latest gadget, good grades or just more time to play. We are sure you have heard your kids say it too…
As we hand shoes to the homeless, it is changing our perception.
What is not fair is that Silicon Valley that gave the world the computer, email, iMac, Google, iPhone, Facebook, Tesla, LinkedIn and Uber is unable to perform the same tech miracles to provide its own community members with basic necessities of life.
What is not fair is that Silicon Valley – home to worlds greatest minds, luxurious mansions and richest companies is also home to hunger and homelessness…
What is really not fair is that in Silicon Valley, a highly sought-after item today is a….
…pair of used shoes
Thank you for your generous donations of gently used shoes. You made a difference in the life of a homeless person.
As many as 3.5 million Americans are homeless each year. Of these, more than 1 million are children and on any given night, more than 300,000 children are homeless.
While the general impression is that the homeless are primarily the chronic and episodic, those unfortunate individuals often seen living on the streets in the downtown areas of our cities, the fact is that more than half the homeless are families with children. The vast majority of these have been thrust into homelessness by a life altering event or series of events that were unexpected and unplanned for. Contrary to the belief that homelessness is primarily the result of major traumatic events or physical and mental disabilities, there are many top causes of homelessness in America.
- Source http://www.homeaid.org/
Collected and sorted about 300 pairs of shoes to donate. We love our neighbors and community members for giving us awesome gently-used pairs!
It was an unreal moment to see so many homeless community members, form long lines for gently used shoes.
It was gut-wrenching to see such conditions exist in the vicinity of the most affluent location in the world – Silicon Valley. Why such disconnect?
We need to do more to help.
144 pairs headed to our local community. Neatly sorted by size and gender.
82 pairs headed to Nike Grind.
We spent Thanksgiving 2015 sorting shoes for the homeless in our local community. We couldn’t find a better way to share our gratitude!
Image Courtesy: www.agbeat.com
We decided to add some real meaning to Thanksgiving. We sorted pairs that we have been collecting for weeks. Thank you life, for giving us this opportunity to serve!