Do Good for Chicago's homeless community with Kicks 4 The City

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 05:36:29 AM. Kicks 4 the City collects new and gently used shoe donations and distributes them to homeless shelters.
Imagine having only one pair of shoes to wear year-round. Now imagine you’re also homeless. In 2012, Justin Johnson had a chance encounter with a man who personally encountered this hardship. His toes had burst through the soles of his shoes, and they were his only pair. Inspired to help this man and others, Johnson founded nonprofit Kicks 4 the City (K4TC), which offers an approachable way for communities to help improve the lives of homeless people. According to a report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, in the U.S. experienced homelessness on a single night in January 2015. The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless reported more than , including those who live doubled-up in homes with family or friends. K4TC started in St. Louis, but the organization has expanded to several other cities in the U.S., including Chicago, New Orleans, New York City, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. The mission: distribute new and gently used shoes to homeless shelters and organizations in these participating cities, while helping communities look at charity in a different light. “I used to think you had to have deep pockets or gray hair to get into philanthropy, but Kicks 4 the City has made giving back accessible,” Johnson said. The nonprofit collected 500 pairs of shoes in its first year, but the donations have grown as K4TC’s reach has expanded. In 2016, the organization collected and distributed over 20,000 pairs. Kicks 4 the City’s annual shoe drive began Nov. 1 and runs through...Read more
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