It’s hard to go to school if you don’t have shoes. Many families in Los Angeles have to choose between food and footwear. In response, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles; the Shoe Palace shoe chain and Converse gave away 84 pairs of new Converse Chuck Taylor shoes to Los Angeles children Saturday, March 7, 2015.
“We see a lot of families here at St. Vincent de Paul who are in desperate need of shoes,” said St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Council Executive Director David Fields, “Something that most of us take for granted. It’s wonderful that Shoe Palace is willing to help out kids in this way.”
Shoe Palace Marketing Manager Lacey Flynn was present at the event, and moved by the needs of so many children: “Shoe Palace is grateful for the opportunity to work with St. Vincent de Paul and be able to have an outreach to local youth. Shoe Palace is a growing company but we are still a family-owned and operated, so we are always conscious of the impact in the communities we become a part of and we strive to affect these communities in a positive way.”
As a part of the Converse “Made By You” campaign children were encouraged on March seventh to decorate their new Converse Chucks with markers, paint and embellishments.
One little girl said she would decorate her shoes with hearts and flowers. “The hearts stand for how much I love Converse,” she grinned. A boy beamed at his new shoes and said simply, “I love them. Thank you for them.”