Florida Shoe Crew
Florida Branch Updates
Winter of 2012 The Florida Branch worked with Fern Creek Elementary in Central Florida. 85% of the students of Fern Creek Elementary are given subsidized meals and most are bused from more underprivileged neighborhoods to the school. On Fridays, Fern Creek puts together approximately 250 food packs so the students will have meals over the weekend. Matthew and Kennedy worked in the community to collect 84 pairs of shoes and also donated chocolate milk for their food pantry (an item that is usually not found in food pantries) Distribution day saw many happy faces and smiles! One student was even reluctant to wear his new sneakers on the playground because he didn’t want to get them dirty.
February 16, 2012, Matthew and Kennedy were recipients of The Orlando Repertory Theater’s “Heroes Awards,” which specifically recognizes kids who make a difference in the Orlando community. They were presented the award during intermission of the Rep’s show, Dr. Doolittle by Jeffrey Revels, Artistic Director at The Rep.
Spring of 2012 The Florida Branch worked with Three Points Elementary. Spear-headed by Kennedy and assisted by the students of the Sunrise Elementary School’s BETA group, The Shoe Crew was able to donate 72 pairs of shoes to students who were absolutely thrilled to receive them. Three Points Elementary Schools is a Title I school with 90% of the students on free and reduced lunch. Kennedy and Matthew spoke to the students about all the great things The Shoe Crew has done and will be doing.
The school also received boxes of books donated to the library by the kids of BETA, as well as clothing for the clothing pantry, which they were in desperate need of.
Fall 2013 The Florida Branch will be working with The Orlando Union Rescue Mission. The Mission serves 125 families who have been displaced from their homes. They provide education to adults who may not have finished high school, job assistance to those who do not have work, daycare for families so parents can work and private living quarters so families can stay together. The goal of the Mission is to help families get back on their feet in a dignified, supportive environment. Unfortunately they cannot accommodate all the homeless people in Central Florida, where on a given night there are 10,000 people without homes and only 3,000 beds. But, they open their doors to as many in the community as they can with banquets held during holidays. The Shoe Crew will be assisting with The Christmas banquet by providing shoes to 70-80 children who are living on the street as they wait for a bed in one of the shelters. The Shoe Crew will also be providing small holiday gifts. Matthew and Kennedy look forward to making the holidays brighter at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission!