More than Shoes is a program of Winnipeg Harvest. Founded by Wendy Erlanger, this Winnipeg grassroots movement outfits children in need with new, proper-fitting shoes and boots.
With families struggling to feed themselves, purchasing new footwear places an additional burden on their budgets. Children with new, well-sized shoes no longer stand out from their peers due to what they lack, but are equally equipped to learn and live an active life.
Shoes provide dignity, hope and self-esteem – all important ingredients for fighting poverty in the long term.
Our hope is that every child in need of shoes and boots will have them.
“One little four-year-old girl had recently arrived from Africa and could not speak English yet. She arrived to school in runners the day after our first heavy snowstorm. I handed her the new boots and she looked at me with eyes opened wide and said, “Me?!” I nodded and she jumped for joy and let out the most excited, joyful scream and laugh that I have ever heard! It was so exciting and one of the most joyous moments I have ever experienced.”
-Teacher, Winnipeg School Division
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
We suggest a donation of $35 per pair of shoes or boots, but whatever you can donate will help. We will use your donation to purchase Payless Shoe Source Gift Cards that are then distributed through the school system to those in need. Tax receipts are available for donations of $20 and more.
Donate online now here
Donate by phone: (204) 982-3581
For more information or to donate in-person, please contact our Development & Finance Administration Assistant, by:
phone: (204) 982-3672