Transcript for How one campaign aims to stop bullying
- Now with one woman's idea to help kids in need get off on the right foot. She has a shoe drive and backpack giveaway that's gaining popularity. Take a look at this.
- Fast Forward Shoe Drive was formed because I really wanted to do something meaningful to give back to the community. I chose shoes as my go-to to try to eliminate bullying and build confidence. Because, to me, everyone looks at your shoes first.
In 2018, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I just kind of felt like our world was caving in. The shoe drive was kind of born that year, because it gave me an outlet to distract me from what was going on. The first year I held Fast Forward Shoe Drive, I looked up low-income housing. And I reached out to an apartment complex that was located in Norfolk, Virginia. They allowed me to come and set up a table while other people were there handing out backpacks and school supplies.
In 2018, I collected a hundred pair of shoes. In 2019, I had an opportunity to get invited back, which was a huge deal for me. And I collected 85 pair of shoes. It was beautiful again seeing the smiles on the kids' faces.
I think that, as an adult, I've been hugely impacted by my mom and inspired to be a giver, because I did watch her for so many years. I felt really, really horrible that I couldn't have a shoe drive in 2020. And so I promised myself that 2021 was going to be the relaunch. This was a year of first for me. I did a lot of things that I had never done before.
Right before the shoe drive, I had nine donation boxes set up in various businesses. This was the first time that I ever hosted the event on my own. 2021, the year of relaunch, I collected 61 backpacks. They were full of school supplies from people who donated. In total, we had 186 pairs of shoes.
2022 is constantly on my mind. I have several different goals and things that I want to accomplish for the shoe drive. I want to make sure I send each kid home with a brand new pair of shoes. And next year, I want to have more than 61 backpacks full of supplies. I just want it to be bigger and better.
- I have a feeling it's going to be just that. Kudos to her and all that she's doing for her community.
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