Charity Works: Sperry Donates More Than 3,000 Pairs of Shoes to Two Ten Foundation for the Coronavirus Fight + More News

March 27, 2020: Sperry is donating more than 3,000 pairs of shoes to the Two Ten Footwear Foundation in response to the coronavirus crisis. According to a statement today from the brand, the donated shoes are converted to cash and the proceeds are then given to footwear employees who are facing hardships. The release also said the amount of applications Two Ten has received for financial help has spiked more than 200% in the past two weeks, and applications are expected to be eight to 10 times higher than the average numbers typically submitted between April and June. Sperry is also using its social media platforms to share a link where monetary donations can be made online.

March 27, 2020: Ermenegildo Zegna is doing its part to support the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The Zegna family, together with the group’s top management have pledged personal donations to the Civil Protection in Italy totaling approximately $3,320,000. The donation is in support of the nurses, doctors, scientists and volunteers across Italy. The Zegna Group will also convert a part of its production facilities in Italy and Switzerland to the manufacturing of medical masks, providing critical supplies to both Zegna’s employees and the wider needs in both countries. The Zegna Group has also made a direct financial contribution to provide several hospitals with ventilators and medical masks.

March 27, 2020: Fast Retailing, parent company of Uniqlo, is working to help fill the shortage of medical masks in the face of the current coronavirus pandemic. In connection with manufacturing partners in China, the company will donate 10 million masks to high-priority medical facilities around the world with 1.05 million masks to be donated through Uniqlo itself starting in early April.

March 27, 2002: Barco, a producer of medical apparel for brands including Skechers, has launched its COVID-19 donation program. The company will donate 10,000 scrubs per month for the duration of the pandemic to health-care professionals. “We are launching our scrub donation program to show our sincere thanks and demonstrate our immense gratitude to health-care professionals all over the country, all of whom have been so heroic in the fight against this pandemic,” said Barco president and CEO David Murphy. “We are here to support the health-care workers as they take care of all of us.” Donations will be prioritized and distributed based on requests made by health-care teams that submit a form on its website.

March 27, 2020: Standout streetwear brand Staple and its founder, Jeff Staple, revealed on social media today that effective immediately, 10% of the sales on Staplepigeon.com will go to the New York University Langone Health Fund. The statement said proceeds will directly help patients diagnosed with COVID-19. Also, to entice sales, the brand is running a 50% off sale for the entire website this weekend.

March 27, 2020: Lucky Brand is giving fabric and funds to help with efforts to make more medical masks. The brand is donating denim yardage as well as $5,000 to the Suay Sew Shop to go towards producing 5,000 masks for pharmacies, grocery stores and delivery service workers. The brand also ordered for 2,300 N95 masks from a facility in China to be distributed to local partners and hospitals.

March 27, 2020: Aerosoles wants to honor the hardworking healthcare and essential workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis with free shoes. All you have to do is email sharethelove@aerosoles.com with a request for a pair for yourself or for a family member or friend. The brand is also donating 10% of its proceeds from the “Share The Love” Collection to Feeding America.

 

March 26, 2020: The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation has committed $10 million to help in the fight against the novel coronavirus. The funds will be distributed into financial grants for workers with special medical needs; care for people with cancer who are particularly vulnerable amid the pandemic; contributions to the Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund; and a gift to the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund for COVID-19 relief to support the American fashion community. The company has also started producing 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns with its manufacturing partners in the U.S.

March 26, 2020: Frye is joining in on the companies giving back to the fight against the coronavirus. With every online order made, the brand will be donating $10 to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. They’re also offering a 30% sitewide discount with the code FIGHTHUNGER as well as allowing customers to donate an additional amount on top of the $10 upon checkout.

March 26, 2020: Keds is honoring women working on the frontline throughout the current coronavirus pandemic with a free pair of shoes. The brand is asking consumers to nominate women through their Instagram who are helping to fight the COVID-19 infection, whether they are caretakers, nurses, truck drivers, sanitation workers or all the women holding down the fort at home.

March 26, 2020: Tapestry is donating 15,000 face masks to hospitals across the U.S., U.K. and Spain, with additional masks to be delivered in April. The Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman parent will match employee donations in support of COVID-19 causes, up to $10,000 per employee. The Coach Foundation is making a contribution to an organization crowdsourced by employees, and the Coach and Kate Spade Foundations are seeking to work with public and private sector entities to assist the most vulnerable.

March 25, 2020: With the help of its partners in China, premium footwear maker Faryl Robin is donating 2,000 masks per week to New York City and surrounding tri-state area hospitals. A portion of the first delivery will be directed to a hospital outside of Newark, N.J., that serves an underprivileged community. “At Faryl Robin, we are fierce advocates for good,” said company founder Faryl Robin Morse. “Our mission has always been to improve the lives of those we touch with the work we do. In today’s unprecedented environment, this continues to be our North Star. It is in our DNA to give back to those in need worldwide.”

March 24, 2020: The NBA and the NBA Players Association announced on social media that they will make a series of coronavirus relief-related donations as part of the NBA Together $50 million commitment. The statement said they will contribute $2 million to support ongoing relief efforts both globally and locally. That includes $1 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, Crisis Text Line, Direct Relief, Share Our Strength and others.

March 24, 2020: Mario and Enrico Moretti Polegato, presidents of Geox and Diadora, have made a donation of 1 million euros ($1.079 million) to the Veneto region to help manage the health emergency caused by the coronavirus. “In this unprecedented time of crisis in Italy and the Veneto, it was our moral duty to support our doctors and nurses, who are on the front line in the fight against this invisible enemy which makes us all equal, vulnerable and defenseless,” they said in a statement. They added that the gift was their way of supporting all the people affected by the virus and enjoined everyone to stay at home and respect the government restrictions.

March 24, 2020: Lifestyle footwear brand Soludos has announced it will donate 10% of net sales on Wednesday March 25 to No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit that helps provide food to schoolchildren who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19-related school closures. Additionally, the brand will make a donation of $5,000 to Flexport, a service that ships medical supplies, such as masks and ventilators to health-care workers.

March 24, 2020: Rothy’s has launched a fundraiser in tandem with the nonprofit organization Direct Relief in support of coronavirus health-care workers across the U.S. The company is donating $20,000 to the humanitarian aid group, with money going towards providing protective masks, exam gloves and isolation gowns to health-care organizations with confirmed cases. The company invites consumers to make monetary donations of their own to Direct Relief through its Facebook page.

March 24, 2020: Women’s footwear label Margaux is donating 10% of all sales to the coronavirus fight through April 15. Shoppers can choose whether proceeds go toward Direct Relief, a nonprofit that equips medical workers with the resources to care for the world’s most vulnerable people, or to Doctors Without Borders, which provides life-saving humanitarian care. Customers can shop for Margaux’s products now at Margauxny.com.

March 24, 2020: Luxury footwear label Mia Becar will be contributing all  proceeds through April 6 from online sales to the Mia Becar Foundation, a component of the California Community Foundation, a public charity, in support of its COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The fund will support community needs identified by its partners in health, housing, education and immigration; the fund will also aid impacted individuals.

March 24, 2020: Denver-based molded footwear company Joybees is supporting Denver’s Food Bank of the Rockies during the coronavirus crisis. Beginning today through March 31, the company will be donating $3 per pair of shoes sold online to the organization. Each dollar raised will provide four meals for individuals facing hunger.

March 23, 2020: To assist both retailers and individuals affected by the coronavirus, Jambu & Co. has announced it will be offering a 30% discount on all-at-once wholesale purchases and deliveries of its Jambu and JBU products. Jambu & Co. is also donating $5 for every purchased pair to the CDC relief fund campaign. In addition, the company is extending all spring future payable terms from 30 to 90 days for those accounts in good credit standing. This extended dating will be applied to all open invoices shipped between Jan. 1 and March 23, and on all future orders shipping between March 23 and April 30.  For all-at-once orders shipped between March 1 and April 30, it’s extending future payable terms from 60-90 days and for at-once orders will be extending payable terms from 30-60 days.

March 23, 2020: Boston-born footwear company OOFOS is doing its part to help those on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic. The global recovery footwear brand will start by donating over 1,000 pairs of its shoes to medical professionals and nurses across the United States starting on March 27. OOFOS also wants to ensure that, in particular, nurses across the country are being helped; they’re providing special offers and benefits at oofos.com as well as U.S. retailers that sell the brand.

March 23, 2020: Time is helping people stay cozy at home during the coronavirus pandemic while supporting those in need. The company is contributing 1% of footwear sales on its website to aid elderly and at-risk people across the country. For those who want to donate separately, the company encourages you to do so by emailing info@timeslippers.com.

Time slippers indoor-outdoor style.
CREDIT: Time

March 23, 2020: Amid the coronavirus crisis, Southern California shoe brand Esquivel is pitching in to help through its Esquivel X accessories collection. A portion of sales will go to Giving Children Hope, an organization that provides food and supplies to those in need. The nonprofit feeds more than 5,000 people weekly and is giving N95 masks, which are in short supply, to clinics and firefighters.

Esquivel X
A shoe style from the Esquivel X line.
CREDIT: Esquivel

March 22, 2020: French luxury conglomerate Kering announced that it will provide the French health service with 3 million surgical masks in the days ahead, to be purchased and imported from China. Balenciaga and Saint Laurent’s French workshops are preparing to begin manufacturing masks as soon as they receive approval from the relevant authorities for their manufacturing process and materials. Additionally, the umbrella group has announced a financial donation to the Institut Pasteur to go toward COVID-19 research.

March 20, 2020: Keen announced it will give away 100,000 pairs of shoes, valued at approximately $10 million, to those affected by COVID-19, including health-care professionals and people who have lost their jobs. The Portland-based outdoor brand is asking people to nominate individuals in need on its website. “The Together We Can Help initiative is fundamentally about enabling people to take positive action and build connection in a time of increasing isolation,” said Keen global general manager Erik Burbank, in a news release. “We believe allowing people to pay it forward by providing someone in their community with a free pair of shoes will help build connection at a time of great need.”

March 20, 2020: Zadig & Voltaire have decided to join the fight against the coronavirus in France. The French brand will be donating 20% of its online sales from its newest collection to the Paris Hospital Foundations — Hospitals of France. “France is the country that welcomed me over 20 years ago, and I owe her my support,” explained Cecilia Bönström, the brand’s creative director, in a press release. “We believe it is vitally important to support the work of the Foundation for Hospitals of Paris and of France, which gives real, practical help to all health-care professionals in their day-to-day work and in fulfilling their missions. Today, more than ever, we must show mutual care and support.”

March 19, 2020: Kenneth Cole has announced that 20% of its net sales from kennethcole.com will be donated to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which was launched by the World Health Organization and is being managed by the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation. According to the company, the donations will be used to support those severely affected by the coronavirus. This ranges from providing health-care access to patients and supplies for front-line workers to helping accelerate the development of vaccines, tests and treatments.

March 19, 2020: Under Armour announced today that it would donate $2 million to support people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Feeding America will receive a donation of $1 million to support hunger relief efforts related to school closures and quarantines. Additionally, the athletic powerhouse is donating $1 million to Good Sports, a nonprofit organization that provides equipment, apparel and footwear to kids who are most in need to encourage physical activity.

March 18, 2020: Alejandra Alonso Rojas announced that 30% of the proceeds from her brand’s website will be split between God’s Love We Deliver and No Kid Hungry. The two charities provide food for families, children and those who struggle with severe illnesses. The designer will continue this charitable effort until May 30, 2020.

March 18, 2020: Two Ten Footwear Foundation is continuing its ongoing efforts to help industry members in need of assistance during the coronavirus crisis. Services such as financial assistance, counseling and information and referral services are available for eligible industry employees. Those interested can apply online at twoten.org. The group is also accepting monetary donations online.

March 18, 2020:  Nike has pledged over $15 million to fight the coronavirus — including $10 million in contributions from Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman emeritus; Mark Parker, former CEO and current executive chairman of the board; and John Donahue, the firm’s new president and CEO. The executives and their families are donating $1 million to the Oregon Food Bank, $2 million to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund and $7 million to Oregon Health & Science University. The Nike Foundation, meanwhile, is contributing $1 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and $1.1 million to support community partners across Europe, Middle East and Africa through the King Baudouin Foundation. On its domestic turf, it will donate $250,000 to the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis, $250,000 to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ COVID-19 Regional Response Fund and $500,000 to the Boston Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, as well as $1 million to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund in its home state.

March 17, 2020: As Italy continues to be hit hardest by the pandemic, luxury shoe brand Sarah Flint is donating 25% of proceeds from any purchase on its site through March 24 to Lions Clubs International, which will support hospitals Istituto Clinico Beato Matteo and Ospedale Civile di Vigevano located in Vigevano, Italy. The brand has a strong tie to the city, as it’s home to Sarah Flint’s Italy-based team and production for many of the label’s shoes.

March 17, 2020: Moncler made a major contribution to the coronavirus fight. The brand donated 10 million euros ($10.9 million) towards a new hospital that is being built to handle COVID-19 patients in Milan. In collaboration with the Lombardy region of Italy, the Fondazione Fiera Milano plans to have the 270,000 square-foot hospital space with over 400 intensive care units ready within the next two weeks.

March 17, 2020: Ciara and Russell Willson are supporting locals in Seattle by donating one million meals to the Seattle Food Lifeline. The food bank provides meals to those in need with growing numbers due to unemployment and limited options in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

March 17, 2020: StockX announced via its website that it is donating $20,000 to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which it said will help food banks throughout the country serve the most vulnerable members of the community. Aside from the donation, StockX launched the #FlexFromHome Challenge. The “stock market of things” is asking the fashionable to “Take a quick break from your home office, dress to impress and help support your community.” With every tweet or Instagram Story tagged with #FlexFromHome and @stockx through March 20, the company will donate an additional $1 to the COVID-19 Response Fund, up to $10,000 for a total donation of $30,000.

March 15, 2020: The MLB and the MLB Players Association today announced a joint donation of $1 million to fight hunger amid the coronavirus crisis, which has resulted in shoe store closures and quarantines. The donation will be split evenly among Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America.

March 13, 2020: Celebrate National Shoe The World Day on March 15 with Sanctuary and Soles4Souls. Customers will receive 20% off a purchase of shoes from March 15 to April 1 on Sanctuary.com when they donate a pair of any lightly used shoes to Soles4Souls. Sanctuary is providing a prepaid label when customers sign up. The registrar of National Day Calendar declared the unofficial holiday as National Shoe of the World Day in 2014, created to bring awareness to the need to help those around the world who do not have shoes.

March 13, 2020: Chinese billionaire Jack Ma extends a helping hand to the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Alibaba co-founder announced today that the e-commerce giant’s philanthropic arm and his namesake foundation have joined forces to provide 500,000 testing kits and 1 million face masks to the United States. In a statement shared on social media, the Jack Ma Foundation also announced it worked with the Alibaba Foundation over the past several weeks to “source and donate much-needed materials” to countries most affected by the spread of COVID-19, including Japan, Korea, Italy, Iran and Spain.

March 12, 2020: Kevin Love is supporting the people behind the scenes who are affected by the suspended NBA season due to the coronavirus. The Cleveland Cavaliers player donated $100,000 to support the team’s arena support staff through the Kevin Love Foundation.

March 12, 2020: DTLR has kicked off its annual March fundraising push for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s “Give thanks. Give hope” campaign. The sneaker retailer has set a goal of raising at least $60,000 for the hospital by collecting donations at all of its 240-plus stores. In addition to raising funds, DTLR also works to boost awareness of St. Jude in its customer base. Since partnering with the hospital over a decade ago, DTLR has raised more than $600,000 for St. Jude.

March 11, 2020: Kering is the latest in fashion powerhouses to contribute to the battle against the coronavirus. The French conglomerate that oversees Gucci, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and more donated 2 million euros ($2.25 million) to health-care institutions across Italy. Lombardy, Tuscany, Lazio and Veneto will all see benefits from the donation.

March 11, 2020: Stride Rite is joining the fight to end childhood cancer. The kids’ brand, a division of Vida Shoes International Inc., has teamed up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, pledging to donate 10% of proceeds from the sale of its Atlas slip-on sneakers. The shoe is part of Stride Rite’s APMA-approved Soft Motion collection designed for first walkers. Available in six vibrant prints — including, of course, a lemon-yellow shade — the Atlas is made with premium leather and canvas materials. “We’re excited to take a small step in fighting childhood cancer, and we hope to continue our partnership into the future to help generate awareness and support for this amazing cause,” said Meg Forno, Stride Rite’s marketing director.

March 10, 2020: Marco Bizzarri is doing his part in the fight against the growing spread of the coronavirus. The president and CEO of Gucci made a personal donation of 100,000 euros ($113,000) to Ausl IRCCS of Reggio Emilia, benefitting eight hospitals in Italy’s Emilia Romagna — Bizzarri’s native region.

March 10, 2020: The Skechers Foundation built on the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk’s 11-year tradition, distributes more than $2 million in donations for children with special needs and education. Sponsored by lead presenter Nickelodeon, media sponsor NBC4 Southern California and airline sponsor Turkish Airlines, a check presentation ceremony was held on March 5 at Skechers’ Manhattan Beach, Calif., corporate offices. In addition to the more than $640,000 the Skechers Foundation presented to the nonprofit Friendship Foundation for children with special needs and their families, checks totaling more than $1.3 million were given to six education foundations to protect teachers’ jobs, to retain STEM and vital academic and cultural programs, to maintain smaller classes and to improve library and science technology. The Skechers Foundation also continued its annual scholarship program, announcing its fourth year of college scholarships for exceptional high school students nationwide. It is funded exclusively by the walk’s sponsors.

March 9, 2020: Designer-influencer Chiara Ferrangi and her husband, musician Fedez, donated 100,000 euros ($113,000) to help Milan’s San Raffaele hospital with new beds. The project by the Italian couple was created with the help of the head of San Raffaele’s cardiovascular and general intensive care department, Alberto Zangrillo.

March 8, 2020: Giorgio Armani donated 1.25 million euros ($1.42 million) to hospitals and medical institutions across Italy that are working fighting the spread of the coronavirus. Recipients include San Raffaele and Luigi Sacco hospitals and the Istituto dei Tumori in Milan; the Istituto Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome and the country’s civil defense, Protezione Civile, also will benefit from Armani’s donation.

March 5, 2020: Children’s footwear brand Ten Little has teamed up with Soles4Soles to host a shoe drive across the New York metro area, with dropboxes placed at select locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Hoboken, N.J. Ten Little and Soles4Soles are seeking new or gently worn shoes, which will help protect feet from diseases, allow children to attend schools and limit the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. The drive began on Feb. 20 and will continue through March 20. Donation boxes can be found in Monica and Andy, Lalo, The Wonder, Bright Horizons, Acorn Toy Shop, Stories, NY Kids Club and more.

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