What About Those Shoes

shoesWhat about those shoes? Boy oh boy do I love a good pair of shoes. And most days I don’t think twice about putting on any number of matching pairs of shoes in my closet. But what if you didn’t have a matching pair of shoes… or any shoes?shoesEvery year for my son’s birthday we choose a non profit and in lieu of gifts we ask friends and family to bring a donation. I know, I know it seems like I’m depriving this little one of birthday gifts galore, but don’t worry too much there is always some family and some friends that still give him a gift or two or three (eh hem, grandmas… anyone). Plus he always gets a gift from mom and dad. Our goal with the birthday donation is not to deprive him of childhood birthday gifts, but to take the focus off the gifts and put the focus on the experience, the joy of celebrating with his friends and family and sharing that joy with others.

This year we chose to donate to Soles4Souls for his birthday. We have really come to love this non profit! We partnered with them last August for our very first Outside The Box and we just love the impact they’re making worldwide. Plus I love their challenges, they make it so easy for families to make an impact together!shoesSo not only did we collect and donate shoes for this little guy’s birthday… a BIG thank you to all of our friends and family for making this possible! But we also took on another Soles4Souls challenge.

We were challenged to wear two different shoes for one full day and when anyone asks tell them about Soles4Souls and encourage them to donate a new or used pair. We did this and I had 3 people ask me and the first thing my little one told me when he came home was how he told his friends at school about the Soles4Souls challenge when they asked about his shoes! He was so very happy and proud and my heart was so full!shoesDid you know that 1.2 billion people world wide live in extreme poverty and 400 million are children.  We’re talking about families who are living on less than $1.90 a day and many of them do not have access to shoes or any type of adequate footwear. Not only is this an issue of dignity; not having shoes or wearing mismatched shoes or wearing shoes that have holes, are ripped, or don’t fit properly. But this is also an issue of health and education. To learn more about Soles4Souls and what they do, check out our post Living Outside The Box With Shoes.

This is why we partnered with Soles4Souls for our very first Outside The Box.This is why we chose them for our little one’s birthday donation this year. This is why we took another Soles4Souls Challenge. Maybe wearing 2 different shoes for one day seems silly or like it doesn’t really make a difference, maybe only telling 3 people seems insignificant and hardly impactful… but then I saw the joy in my son’s eyes when he came home and told me about his day, knowing that what he did by wearing two different shoes made a difference. And it did, because teaching our little ones to do kind things every day, to make it a part of their daily lives, transforms them, it transforms all of us, it becomes a part of who we are. And I can’t think of anything more impactful than raising a generation of littles transformed by daily kindness, gratitude and compassion. shoesAre you ready to join us?

Take the family challenge with us!

Anyone who takes the challenge and tags us on Instagram or Facebook @cheekydays and @soles4souls will be entered to win a free Outside The Box of your choice. That’s all… one day of two different shoes, that leaves an imprint of kindness, understanding and gratitude.

And y’all, please feel free to share this post with your friends, family, and social media. If there is anyone you know and think would love to join us on this family challenge!

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