Young Hero Gives Kids Hope with Shoes

The Gotta Have Sole Foundation gives shoes to kids in needAs we head into the weekend, I wanted to share a heartwarming story with all of you; it made my day, I hope it does the same for you. The story reported on CNN was as follows.

Fifteen year old Nicholas Lowinger has done more to help homeless children in the past two years than most of us will do in a lifetime. In honor of his bar mitzvah (a Jewish coming of age ritual celebrated when a boy turns 13), Nicholas decided to start a program that donates shoes to homeless children. Calling his project the Gotta Have Sole Foundation, Nicholas has managed to deliver new shoes to over 10,000 homeless children living in 21 states across the country.

His model is simple yet brilliant; he solicits donations of children’s shoes and keeps them in his family’s garage. Needy families or homeless shelters request shoes for kids by size and type; if Nicholas has what they need in stock, he sends it on. If he doesn’t have what’s required, he’ll use money from cash donations to purchase a new pair of kicks for the kids.

It seems like every time you turn on the TV these days, you hear about a teenager who has beaten someone up, stolen something or even shot and killed another human being out of sheer boredom. When you find an uplifting story like Nicholas’, I believe it’s worth passing on the good news.

As a Houston podiatrist, I say hats off to Nicholas Lowinger, who is helping eliminate children’s foot pain one pair of shoes at a time. I hope to hear more stories about great kids like this young man in the coming weeks and months. 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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