Two Ten Footwear Foundation’s National Footwear Cares month was a major success.
The event, held throughout April, brought together more than 6,500 participants from 100 shoe companies.
“The effort that the entire footwear industry put into this massive undertaking was extraordinary. Without the passion and enthusiasm of shoe industry employees, none of this would have been possible,” Blake Krueger, chairman of the Two Ten board and chairman, president and CEO of Wolverine World Wide Inc., said in a statement.
Title sponsor Amazon Fashion also gave the event a boost.
“The willingness of shoe companies to band together and provide much-needed aid in communities throughout the U.S. — the same communities who support the footwear industry year-after-year — is very gratifying,” said Stan Friedlander, GMM of footwear at Amazon Fashion.
During the month of service, more than 517,549 meals were prepared and served, 11,000 pairs of shoes were given to children and 20 different projects focused on beautifying the environment.
“National Footwear Cares Month was an absolute grand slam for the footwear industry,” Two Ten President Neal Newman said in the statement. “I’m proud to say that 75 years [after Two Ten’s founding], shoe people still lead the pack when it comes to volunteerism and community service.”