Samaritan House is fortunate enough to benefit from another local non-profit organization, My New Red Shoes (www.mynewredshoes.org). Headquartered in Burlingame, the largely expanding organization now serves over 3,500 of our homeless youth in the Bay Area since its founding in 2006. The mission is to help homeless children look and feel confident as they begin a new school year by providing them with new clothing and shoes. My New Red Shoes also rallies youth and adults in our community through volunteerism and educational opportunities, spreading awareness and advocating for homeless families.
This year, 100 clients of Samaritan House were thrilled to not only receive a new pair of shoes, but a $50 gift certificate per child to buy new clothing for the coming school year. That means that families with 4 children received $200 to take their children shopping. Our case workers get to see the reactions of the children as they receive their gifts from My New Red Shoes. One boy who will be entering kindergarten in the fall was flabbergasted by the thought of owning his own new pair of sneakers. He exclaimed, “They don’t even have no holes!”
The kids write thank you cards for their special gifts, which My New Red Shoes distributes to donors to show their impact. From an organization that gets to witness the impact first-hand, we thank My New Red Shoes from the bottom of our hearts for spreading joy to our families in need. The confidence that overcomes these kids when they try on their new shoes for the first time would bring a tear to anyone’s eye.