I was in need of a new pair of sneakers. My old sneakers, while fine for around the house, were starting to look a little beat-up. I had to give up my beloved TOMS because ever since my heart surgery my feet haven’t been the same. (Trust me on this one.) I knew that Skechers had a line of shoes that helped others, so I went online to check them out. I was in for a nice surprise. They had an incredible selection of shoes that would support my sad feet. Skechers‘ “BOBS” line of shoes performs double duty. Their original BOBS line was started in 2011 to help children all over the world who have been impacted by poverty, homelessness and natural disasters. They have donated more than 15 million pairs of new shoes to children in more than 60 countries. Skechers also teams up with other charities, such as Delivering Good, Inc. and Soles4Souls. Delivering Good, Inc. has been a philanthropic partner of Skechers for the past several years and has distributed approximately 7.5 million pairs of shoes to organizations domestically and internationally. Soles4Souls has distributed more than 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and in all 50 states. Skechers BOBS line has donated shoes to people in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. These donations are not a handout but a hand up. Without shoes many children would be unable to go to school and many adults would not be able to go to the jobs where they endeavor to support their families. Going barefoot also puts a person at risk for punctures in the foot, which could introduce infection or parasites into a person’s bloodstream.
Skechers also has a BOBS line which benefits dogs and cats through the Petco Foundation. Since 1999 Petco has invested more than $250 million in pet welfare work. Petco has helped more than 6 million pets find families. For every pair of shoes from the BOBS line and every BOBS T-shirt sold, twenty-five cents will be donated to the Petco Foundation. Skechers has helped more than 583,000 shelter shelter pets in the United States through adoption events, spay and neuter programs and sanctuary contributions. This promotion will run until December 31, 2021.
Who knew that helping our pets and less fortunate could be so easy?
“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” Sally Koch (in Wisconsin)