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Sneakers with Soul

Sneakers with Soul works with local social service agencies such as LifeWise Stl and Epworth Children and Family Services, as well as area school districts to identify and properly fit children and youth that will be the recipients of quality brand name sneakers. Parents and guardians of the children/youth who receive the new sneakers pay nothing for the new sneakers that they receive.

2024 marks the 15th consecutive year for Sneakers with Soul in performing its work to fulfill its missions of providing high-quality brand name sneakers to under-resourced children and youth in grades K-12. Sneakers with Soul has been successful in negotiating special pricing with major footwear manufacturing that affords the agency the ability to purchase first-run quality sneakers at a 3rd of the cost of normal retail pricing. These discounts stretch our donor contributions to be able to ultimately serve more kids in need.

2024 Goal: Secure 1,000 pairs of sneakers = $20,000

Donate Financially

July 6 - Aug. 4, 2024

Any financial gift would be greatly appreciated!

Financial gifts to Sneakers with Soul can be made by using the “DONATE” button below.  Additionally, financial gifts can be dropped off at the Sneakers with Soul table in the lobby between worship services from July 6 – Aug. 4. Gifts can be made by cash, check, credit card, PayPal or Venmo [@sneakerswithsoul].

Donations can be made by going to the “DONATE” button below:

Volunteer Opportunity

Above is a photo of some of the volunteers who helped distribute new sneakers to the children ages K-12 from LifeWise StL

Check back on this website for another opportunity to help serve and distribute sneakers August 9, 10, and 12!

Learn more about Sneakers with Soul

Sneakers with Soul mission is to provide new, high-quality, brand name sneakers to at-risk children and youth in poverty served by our partner agencies.

Sneakers with Soul®, a mission ministry that began in 2010 at ManchesterUMC, became a standalone 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2017 with a singular purpose of sourcing and distributing new sneakers for kids in grades K – 12 living in poverty.

Sneakers with Soul works with local social service agencies, such as LifeWise Stl and Epworth Children and Family Services, as well as area school districts to identify and properly fit children and youth that will be the recipients of quality brand name sneakers. Parents and guardians of the children/youth who receive the new sneakers pay nothing for the new sneakers that they receive.

Since its founding in 2010, Sneakers with Soul has sourced and distributed over 25,000 pairs of new sneakers/athletic shoes to kids in need.

Click here to view the Sneakers with Soul website.

Since 2012, LifeWise StL and Guardian Angel Settlement Association have hosted a back-to-school event for the community. New sneakers, backpacks and school supplies are distributed to all of the families that are served by these organizations. 

On Saturday, August 12, 2023, Manchester UMC volunteers served at LifeWise StL’s Back-to-School event where over 400 children and their families passed through the store and picked out their own brand new backpacks, school supplies, and new sneakers! 

Thank you all who gave their time to help St. Louis student start the school year with these much needed items!

Every dollar donated equates to $3 in retail value due to our manufacturer purchasing power.

Donations are accepted in any amount at any time throughout the year!  Because of the attractive pricing that Sneakers with Soul has been able to secure with the AdidasTM brand, your contribution of $20 will allow Sneakers with Soul to place a new pair of Adidas sneakers with a retail value of $60 on the feet of a child living in poverty.

A gift of just $25 will provide a quality pair of new sneakers with a retail value of $60 to a child or youth living in poverty.

Click Here to Donate

 

If questions, please email the Sneakers with Soul Ministry Leader, Maurice Parisien.

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