Cannery: Shoes4Kids

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As a member of Ethos for almost five years, I have been truly touched through their mission statement, especially the mission to love people. It is one of the biggest reasons I chose to go to physical therapy school and why I assumed the community service role of my class. Through this role, I have been able to become involved with Shoes4Kids (S4K).

What is S4K?

Shoes4Kids (S4K) is a charity dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty by assisting under-served and underprivileged families in providing their children with new socks and athletic shoes. A child living in poverty has dreams like any other child; we may not be able to provide a child and their family with financial support, but maybe a new pair of socks and athletic shoes for the summer might provide them a little hope.

History of S4K Since 2006, Shoes4Kids has distributed over 9,700 pairs of socks and new athletic shoes to the children of Orlando, FL, Washington, DC, San Antonio, TX, Baltimore, MD, Boston MA, National Harbor, MD, Tampa, FL, Salt Lake City, UT, Charlotte, NC and Durham, North Carolina. 

In conjunction with the 2016 APTA NEXT conference June 8-11th, which will be held in Nashville Tennessee, Tennessee State University and Belmont University’s DPT program, will help collect shoes and distribute these new athletic shoes and socks to underserved children and their entire family in our very own community of Nashville. TSU and Belmont’s goal is to collect 1,300 pairs of shoes to reach the 10,000th pair of shoes that Shoes 4 Kids has given out in the last 10 years!

How To Help

Purchase socks and a pair(s) of "NEW" youth athletic shoes (toddler size 1 to adult size 15) to donate! You can bring shoes and socks to donate to our Cannery Ballroom location on Sunday, May 29th, to any of our 3 worship gatherings (9AM, 11AM, 5PM). This is the only location we are collecting shoes at!


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I hope you will join me in bringing these new items to these beautiful children in our community. I know the hope and love they will feel from their fellow Nashville neighbors will be immeasurable. Thank you Ethos, you are all wonderful and beautiful people!

Shelby Blankenship


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