The Issue: Low-Income Kids Without Access to Good Shoes
Since kids quickly wear out their shoes as they grow up, it is an expensive endeavor to provide them with brand-new shoes each year. It can be embarrassing for kids from low-income backgrounds to go to school with shoes that are worn, have holes, or do not fit correctly. The Clothes Cabin aims to ameliorate this problem by providing free shoes and clothing to low-income families, and nearly 60% of its clientele are children younger than 18. New shoes can improve their confidence. However, the organization does not receive enough donations of children's shoes in good condition to provide them for all of its young clients.
The Campaign: Providing New Shoes for Low-Income Youth
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then The Clothes Cabin can provide 50 pairs of shoes for children from low-income families. Sole Sports will match donations up to $250 and donate used running shoes and socks collected during the week of this Grassroots campaign. Each additional $10 donation will provide another new pair of kids' shoes to stock the clothing center. Through referrals and walk-ins, The Clothes Cabin provides free clothing and shoes to 250–300 low-income families per month.
Donations matched up to $250 by Sole Sports. Sole Sports will also donate used running shoes and socks that it will collect during the week of this Grassroots campaign. You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
The Clothes Cabin
A volunteer-run and faith-based organization, The Clothes Cabin provides free clothing, shoes, and linens to low-income families. The organization accepts only new or gently used items that are then washed, ironed, and sorted by size to offer an experience similar to shopping at a retail store. Its volunteers served more than 1,000 families in 2011, providing more than 60,000 articles of clothing and household linens. The Clothes Cabin also has a free laundry service and, whenever possible, supplements clothing and linens with donations of books, hygiene items, toys, and diapers.