Christmas Shoes Ministry began in Greer, SC with 45 children to sponsor. Over the years, the number of agencies and schools we are affiliated with has grown. Together with God’s faithfulness and the help and generosity of so many, Christmas Shoes is providing over 2,000 pairs of shoes to local children at Christmastime and throughout the year. We want to keep growing our ministry! The more donations and support we receive, the more local children in need we’re able to serve.
Providing Upstate children with a new pair of shoes at Christmastime remains our key focus. Our Christmas season of giving begins now and the shoes need to be delivered before schools let out for the holidays.
Who Are Christmas Shoes Children?
Christmas Shoes children are carefully and thoughtfully selected from our community by school counselors, social workers and the Christmas Shoes team. They range in age from newborn to 18 years. All are considered at or below poverty level. Some are developmentally challenged. Many are in foster care or temporary housing situations or shelters. Many are even homeless. All of our school-aged children are on Free Lunch as designated by their School Districts. Without question, these Christmas Shoes children are among those who are in most need of our help and our prayers. Christmas Shoes Children are individually selected from the following places:
- Almost every week, we are contacted to provide shoes for children who have been removed from their parents and placed in emergency housing or foster care through DSS in Greenville County.
- On a regular basis, we provide athletic shoes to stock the “PE closet” at the Greenville County Juvenile Detention Center.
- At any given time, we are dedicated to serving any newly discovered child in immediate need of our support. We provide newly enrolled children at A Child’s Haven – and sometimes their siblings at home as well – each with a new pair of shoes.