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BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                                                                             Shoes
J. Michael Fay
Charles W. Freitas
                                                                         Good Sole                             That
Stephen J. Horoshak                                                                                                                                                   A  N E W S L E T T E R                                               F O R
Evie Lazzarino                                                                                                                                                        S H O E S   T H A T                                                  F I T
Lucia Miltenberger
Patti Salwak
John Schack
                                                                          C       ongratulations to Jackie
                                                                                  Trask, our dedicated
                                                                                  volunteer from Acme
                                                                          Markets in Philadephia, for
                                                                                                                                                        To u c h i n g t h e l i v e s o f s c h o o l c h i l d r e n i n n e e d s i n c e 1 9 9 2
                                                                                                                          This issue of Shoes News made possible by a generous donation from Claremont Print and Copy                          FALL 2004

                                                                                                                Kids Helping Kids
                                                                          winning the company’s Corus
RETIRED FOUNDER                                                           Award. The annual honor is
Elodie McGuirk                                                            given to one out of 6,000
                                                                          employees in recognition of the
                                                                                                                                      . . . Teens from California
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER                                                                                                              to Florida make a difference
                                                                          recipient’s devotion to helping
Michele Love
                                                                          those in need.

                                                                                                                      or Jenny Hyman, a Shoes That Fit volunteer in
                                                                                                                      Los Angeles, the children she helps are like
Roni Lomeli                           Jackie was presented with her $1,000 prize at an award                          starfish thrown back into the sea, one by one.
   Executive Director
                                      ceremony June 23 at the Radison                                          She heard the story long ago: An old man sitting on
Michelle Siegel                                                                                                the beach, throwing starfish into the water, when a
   Development Director               Hotel in Philadelphia. And, Jackie is
                                                                                                               little girl asks why he bothers trying to save them
Lee Kane                              using that money in the way that led
                                                                                                               “There are so many. How can you possibly make a
   Program Manager                    her to receive it in the first place.                                    difference?” the youngster asks. The man responds
Amanda Sloan                                                                                                   by throwing another starfish in the water. Then, he
   Technical Administrative           “I am donating this prize to a school                                    says, “I made a difference to that one.”
                                      in Philadelphia,” Jackie said. “I want                                   This is the philosophy that has led 17-year-old Jenny
Deanna Glick Lacques                                                                                                                                                                       Francesco and Bianca Amato with some of the shoes they have collected.
                                      to give each child that is starting                                      to oversee shoe drives through Milken Community
   Program Coordinator
   Newsletter Editor                  school a new school bag filled with                                      High School that have made a difference for more                        Bianca and Francesco Amato feel the same way.
                                      school supplies. I thought that this would                               than 300 kids in need. She is one of several teens                      They head up a Shoes That Fit chapter in Broward
PUBLISHED BY:                                                                                                  from California to Florida, who are invaluable volun-                   County, Florida. Their work has resulted in several
                                      be something different for the children this
Shoes That Fit                                                                                                 teers for Shoes That Fit. For some, Shoes That Fit ful-                 shoe drives through their church for the past two
                                      year. Children love to have new materials                                fills the volunteer project required for graduation. For                years and thousands of shoes for students at several
For your convenience, you can         especially when they are starting school.”                               others, it’s the perfect Bar or Bat Mitzvah project. For                elementary schools. “I like being teenagers helping
reach us in many ways . . .           Jackie, you are truly a good sole!                                       Jenny, it’s a way of life, “Shoes That Fit is different in              younger people through Shoes That Fit because we
                                                                                                               that it was easy for me to do what I did, says Jenny,                   get to have contact with them,” 15-year-old Bianca
Phone:     (909) 482-0050                                                                                      who has volunteered for many causes and organiza-                       says. “This is something me and my brother can do.”
Toll Free: (888) 715-4333                                                                                      tions. “I felt a direct connection to the kids I was
                                                                                                NON PROFIT
                                                                                                                                                                                       The Amatos run the program by retrieving names of
Fax:       (909) 482-0085                  Shoes That Fit ®                                                    helping and that’s why I love the organization.”                        schoolchildren in need from local social workers and
                                                                                                US POSTAGE
Email:               1420 N. Claremont Blvd.                                                                                                                     posting the information on a Shoes That Fit bulletin
                                           Suite 107B                                          CLAREMONT CA                                                                            board at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church. The siblings
Address all correspondence to:             Claremont, CA 91711-3400                            PERMIT NO. 43                                                                           often speak during mass to encourage church mem-
Shoes That Fit
                                                                                                                                                                                       bers to visit the bulletin board and purchase shoes
1420 N. Claremont Blvd.
                                                                                                                                                                                       for a child. They have also recently obtained spon-
Suite 107B
                                                                                                                                                                                       sorship for children from Auto Nation and are look-
Claremont, CA 91711-3583
                                                                                                                                                                                       ing forward to helping more children in need in the
                                                                                                                                                                                       coming year.
We take Credit Cards . . .
to make it easier for you to                                                                                                                                                           For more information on how teens can participate
support our efforts.                                                                                                                                                                   in Shoes That Fit, please call toll free, (888) 715-4333
                                                                                                                                                                                       or e-mail us at

Call or visit our website to donate
                                                                                                                     Jenny Hyman helped more than 300 kids in need.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Our                           The mission of Shoes That Fit
                                                                                                                                                                                                               is to help build the self-esteem of
                                                                                                                                                                                     Mission                 schoolchildren in need by providing
                                                                                                                                                                                                               them with new shoes and clothes.
                                                                    From the
                                                                    Executive Director                                        Paving The Way                                                          Make your
                                                                                                                                                                                                     gift a lasting
                                                                                                                    We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the
                                                                            e’re gearing up for our 14th
                                                                            season of helping children, and         following corporations and foundations that have
                                                                            although I sometimes get over-
                                                                                                                    helped Shoes That Fit make a difference in the lives of                          Have you already
                                                                 whelmed at the thought of the growing
                                                                 number of children in need, I am equally           more than 74,000 children during the 2003-04 season:                             forgotten what you
                                                                 overwhelmed by how many children we                                                                                                 received for the holidays

    Make                                  have helped and will be able to help. We recently ran the numbers
                                          and found that Shoes That Fit provided more than 74,000 pairs of
                                                                                                                  American Foundation For Courtesy
                                                                                                                     & Grooming
                                                                                                                                                      Music Center of Los Angeles
                                                                                                                                                                                                     or your last birthday? Is
                                                                                                                                                                                                     the sweater too tight or
                                                                                                                                                      New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
Shoes That Fit                            shoes and clothing items for children in need last school year.
                                                                                                                  B.C. McCabe Foundation
                                                                                                                                                      Newman's Own
                                                                                                                                                                                                     the tie too gaudy? Are
                                                                                                                                                                                                     the toys already broken
                                          The calls have already started coming in with stories of children       California Community Foundation
 part of your                             who will start their first day of school in shoddy shoes or even bare
                                          feet if not for a pair from our emergency warehouse. Thanks to the      California Sporting Goods
                                                                                                                                                      Nike, Inc.                                     or the batteries dead?
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Why not make your next
   legacy                                 Elodie McGuirk Emergency Clothing Fund, established in honor of
                                          our founder, we have been able to partially stock our warehouse
                                                                                                                  Change A Life Foundation            Northrop Grumman Corp.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     gift a lasting and memo-
                                          and help these children who have nowhere else to turn. Thankfully,                                                                                         rable one? Next time,
                                                                                                                  Charter Oak Foundation              Northrop Grumman ECHO
If you believe in the mission             several loyal volunteers have already signed on to help with shoe                                                                                          make a gift donation to
of Shoes That Fit and want to             drives and sponsorships to fulfill the anticipated local demand that    Cole Haan                           Ontario Community Foundation                   Shoes That Fit in honor
help us continue to help more             comes during the back-to-school season and lasts through the            Division Six Sports                 Pfaffinger Foundation                          of your loved ones. We’ll
                                          winter holidays.
children in need, please consider                                                                                 Employees Community Fund            Sidney Stern Memorial Trust                    send them a letter
a gift that will extend beyond            We often marvel here at the office about all our volunteers do for         of Boeing, CA                                                                   acknowledging your gift
                                                                                                                                                      Swanton Foundation
                                          children. Lately, we’ve been noticing how many of those volunteers      Fashion Footwear Association                                                       and a thank you note
your lifetime. A few of the ways                                                                                                                      The Ahmanson Foundation
                                          are children themselves. Volunteers who can’t count too many                of New York
that you can make Shoes That                                                                                                                                                                         from a child. Or, request
                                          birthdays beyond the children we serve are working like crazy                                               The Barry and Wendy Meyer
                                          gathering shoes and clothes for children who are less fortunate         Finish Line Youth Foundation                                                       that your loved ones
Fit part of your                                                                                                                                          Foundation
                                          than they are. From Florida to California, young volunteers are         Greater Long Beach Foundation                                                      send a donation to Shoes
legacy are:                                                                                                                                           The Goldsmith Family Foundation
                                          making a big difference. Please read about them in this issue’s         Hamilton-White Foundation                                                          That Fit in lieu of a gift
   • Remember Shoes That Fit              cover story. They are amazing!                                                                              The Henry W. Bull Foundation                   to you. Either way, you’ll
                                                                                                                  J.B. and Emily Van Nuys Charities
     in your will or trust.               We have also been fortunate to receive donations from generous                                              The Horn Foundation                            be providing new shoes
                                                                                                                  James L. White Foundation
   • Make Shoes That Fit a                sponsors, including Division Six Sports, Nordstrom, Diana Tolliver,                                         The Looker Foundation                          and clothes to children
                                          Nike, New Balance & And1.                                               John S. and James L. Knight
     beneficiary of your                                                                                                                                                                             in need so that they can
                                                                                                                      Foundation                      The Men's Wearhouse
     retirement plan.                     Also, Toyota employees in Torrance, California provided 150 pairs                                                                                          attend school in comfort
                                                                                                                  Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris     The Rose Hills Foundation
   • Bequest property to                  of new shoes for children at Oak Street Elementary School in                                                                                               and with dignity. It’s a
     Shoes That Fit.                      nearby Inglewood. Read about it on page 6.                                                                  Tiger Woods Foundation                         gift these children will
                                                                                                                  KTLA 5 Charities Fund
                                          And so, as we embark on this 14th season of helping children,                                               Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.                   never forget.
Your gift would ensure that we                                                                                    Los Angeles Lakers Youth
                                          I am also overwhelmed by all of the generous support that Shoes                                             Vons Foundation
continue to help more children            That Fit continues to receive from donors and volunteers. We are            Foundation                                                                       For more information
in need.                                  nothing without you. And we are extremely grateful that you are         Majestic Realty Foundation          Weingart Foundation                               about how to help,
                                          part of the Shoes That Fit family.                                                                          Ziv Tzedakah Fund, Inc.                                   call the
For more information, please                                                                                      Max Factor Family Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shoes That Fit office at
contact Roni Lomeli, Executive                                                                                                                                                                             (888) 715-4333
Director, in the Shoes That Fit                                                                                                                                                                        or visit our website at
office at (888) 715-4333, or email                                                                                                                                                          
                                          Roni Lomeli,
her at             Executive Director

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                                                                      Toyota Party Helps                             STF Founder’s Legacy Continues
                                                                      Shoes That Fit Kids
                                                                                                                                 hen Elodie McGuirk founded Shoes That Fit at one
                                                                                                                                 Pomona school over 12 years ago, she never dreamed

                                                                       oyota employees in Torrance, California                   that her simple idea would end up helping nearly
                                                                       turned a service hanger into a real           300,000 children nationwide. Although Elodie retired in 2002,
                                                                       summer shindig July 30, complete with         she remains an inspiration to all of us. Now, we commemorate
                                                                barbecue, music, and red and white checked
                                                                tablecloths. But the best part was the 150
                                                                                                                     her good work with the Elodie McGuirk Emergency Clothing                             WISH LIST
                                                                                                                     Fund. This fund will be used to assist children with immediate

                                                                pairs of new shoes for children and an                                                                                                              e always need new
                                                                                                                     needs, such as a child who must stay home from school because
                                                                additional gift of $5,000 for Shoes That Fit.                                                                                                       shoes and clothes for
                                                                                                                     they do not have appropriate clothing. We especially want to                                   emergency requests for
                                                                “The people who work here are very generous,”        thank Elodie for her donation in loving memory of her mother,                       elementary age children. If you can
                                                                said Diane O’Neal, chair of the event and a          Olga. These contributions established the Elodie McGuirk                            supplement your regular shopping
                                                                member of Toyota’s Associate Involvement                                                                                                 with a new item or two, please
                                                                                                                     Emergency Clothing Fund, and will help Shoes That Fit provide                       consider our list of needs!
                                                                Committee. The IAC, as it’s called, is part of
                                                                Toyota’s commitment to being a good corporate        new shoes and clothing for the children who need them most.
                                                                citizen and is charged with boosting morale and      To make a donation to the Elodie McGuirk Emergency Clothing                           < Boys’ and girls’ new athletic
                                                                job satisfaction. “It’s the first time we combined   Fund, please visit our website at or call us                         shoes, sizes youth 10 through
                                                                our summer barbecue with a fundraising event                                                                                                   adult size 9.
                                                                                                                     at (888) 715-4333 for more information.
                                                                and it was a huge success.”                                                                                                                +   Socks for shoe sizes youth
                                                                                                                                                                                                               10 through adult size 9.
                                                             Each pair of shoes was placed in a festive red
                                                             Toyota bag along with a red Toyota key chain                             A Family Affair                                                      i Underwear
                                                             for the kids. After the party, the shoes were

                                                                                                                                                                                                           < Uniform clothing for school:
                                                 piled into a truck and delivered to Oak Street Elementary                 hilanthropy is much more than simply writing a check. It is
                                                                                                                                                                                                               navy blue pants or jeans,
                                                 School in                                                                 truly a person-to-person effort upon which Shoes That Fit                           and skirts, white shirts or
                                                 nearby                                                                    depends. Making a family commitment to help on a                                    blouses with collars.

E-mail                                           Inglewood.                                                          regular basis can create a closer family bond and                                     +   Assorted clothing for school:

                                                 Oak Street has                                                      widen the circle of people who care. Involving                                            pants or jeans, knit shirts,
  us!                                            more than
                                                 1,000 students,
                                                                                                                     children in supporting Shoes That Fit has benefits                                        sweaters, and hooded
                                                                                                                     far beyond helping us provide new shoes and clothing
                                                 78 percent of

         s part of our ongoing                                                                                       and better lives for children in need nationwide:                                     i Winter coats, boots,
                                                 whom are on
         effort to increase com-                                                                                                                                                                               rainwear, umbrellas, mittens
                                                 the free or                                                             _   Giving demonstrates to children the value                                         and hats.
         munications with our                    reduced lunch                                                               of love and respect for others.
donors and volunteers, Shoes                     program. The                                                                                                                                              < Target, Payless, WalMart,
                                                 school was                                                              _   Volunteering helps children build self-esteem.                                    and any other major retailer
That Fit would like to increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                               gift cards.
the use of e-mail to send and                    thrilled to                                                             _   Including children in philanthropy efforts guides
                                                 receive the                                                                 them on a path of knowledge, compassion and
receive information quickly and                                                                                                                                                                          We are always on the lookout for
                                                 shoes.                                                                      involvement.
inexpensively. Please send an                                                                                                                                                                            businesses and service organizations,
email to                   “We’re just happy we can give back to the community,”               Please call the Shoes That Fit office at (909) 482-0050 or                          wishing to sponsor a local school in
                                                                                                                     (888) 715-4333 or email us at for more                        their community. Please contact us if
so that we can ensure your address               said Diane. “The fact that we’re making a difference –
                                                                                                                                                                                                         you know of a group interested in
is included in our database!                     it moves us all to tears.”                                          information on how to involve children in our program.

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Kids Say It Best!                                                                     Take the step
                                                                                      to be a Sole Mate
 One of the joys of a Shoes That Fit delivery is                                      Our new Sole Mate program allows
 watching the children’s faces and see their                                          you to make monthly donations
 sincere appreciation for that new pair of                                            automatically through your debit
 shoes or warm coat. Many students send                                               card, credit card, or bank fund
                                                                                      transfer. No checks, no stamps, no

 us thank you notes.
                                                                                      mailboxes. You decide how much
 If you have received one that has                                                    and how often you’d like to give
 especially touched your heart, please                                                and we’ll automatically charge your
 send us a copy so we can share it.                                                   card on the date you choose. You
                                                                                      can stop these transactions at any
                                                                                      time. To honor a loved one with
                                                                                      your donation, just let us know and
Make Your Gift Keep On Giving                                                         we’ll send the appropriate acknowl-
                                                                                      edgements. Shoes That Fit will have

W     e want to thank Joanne Glauser and Robert
      Johnson for making it possible for Shoes
That Fit to benefit from
                                                                                      a reliable cash flow each month and
                                                                                      you won’t have to risk forgetting
                                                                                      children who need your support.
matching funds

                                                                                      Become a Shoes That Fit Sole Mate
from their                                                                            today. Visit our web site at
employers. MBNA                                                              or call
America Bank’s                                                                        our office at (909) 482-0050 or
Volunteer                                                                             tollfree at (888) 715-4333.
Incentive Program
donated $1,000 to
Shoes That Fit of
Newark, Delware in
recognition of
Joanne’s volunteer
work with the STF
chapter there. Pfizer
Matching Gift
Program donated $50
in addition to Robert’s
$100 donation.

Thanks to matching
gift programs, Joanne’s
and Robert’s donations
grew to enable Shoes
That Fit to help more
children. Please, talk to
your human resources department to find out if
your employer has a matching gift program. You
could end up making your donation or volunteer
work do twice as much to help those who are less

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