We gratefully acknowledge Maxim employees who collected several hundred pairs of shoes for Shoecyclist. We sent these shoes to Hamilton Family Center in San Francisco and PATH services in San Jose.
To see people waiting patiently in long lines for gently-used shoes is gut-wrenching….
We are heartbroken to see this so close to home – some of the homeless individuals we met are veterans…
We are overwhelmed with the response of our community in giving us gently used shoes and new socks.
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.