Random Act of Kid-ness: Joy Maker of the Week- Gotta Have Sole

Earlier this week, our Museum Director Julee Brooks wrote a blog post about the power of spreading joy this holiday season and throughout the year. In her post, Julee highlighted Hasbro’s “Be a Joy Maker” campaign, in which the company invites children to share how they are giving back this holiday season; for every young person caring, sharing and giving back to their community, Hasbro will donate a toy to Toys for Tots.

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Rhode Island and is Hasbro’s Joy Maker of the week, Nicholas Lowinger. In 2010 as part of his Bar Mitzvah community service project, Nicholas started the Gotta Have Sole Foundation (watch this video!), an organization that donates new shoes to homeless children living in shelters. Since he started, Nicholas has donated new footwear to over 5,200 children in homeless shelters in 12 states throughout the United States. He says:

“It has always been my hope that the children will feel more confident about themselves because they have new shoes to call their own and that they will have the same opportunities afforded to them as their peers.”

What a wonderful and selfless act! You can find out more about the foundation and how you, too, can donate shoes here.

Again, please share with the Zimmer what you’ve done! While we encourage selfless acts, we also think that we can inspire each other! Any story we hear just might be featured in our next Random Act of Kid-ness post!

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