NEXT 2019: Shoes4Kids Collection
In our mission to transform society, APTA is working with Shoes4Kids to provide underprivileged children with brand new athletic shoes and socks. Many of these children do not ever receive brand new shoes and socks; this is like Christmas for them. APTA and Shoes4Kids are offering NEXT attendees the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children in Chicago!
Shoes4Kids, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization consisting of local businesses, churches, community organizations partnering together to provide new athletic shoes and mentoring programs for fatherless and at risk children and their families. Through ongoing mentoring programs Shoes4Kids builds close-knit relationships where each party is intricately connected to one another. Shoes4Kids has been designed to Create a 'Safety Net' for children who might otherwise 'Fall through the cracks' of existing programs. Thanks to support from the physical therapy community and generous individuals, to date Shoes4Kids has provided more than 15,000 pairs of shoes and multitudes of socks to underprivileged families in the US. View images from NEXT 2018's Shoes4Kids Collection.
Shoes4Kids/NEXT 2019 will be helping Woodlawn Community Elementary School
How You Can Help
NEXT attendees, APTA members, anyone in the profession, who wish to participate may bring brand NEW athletic shoes and socks (unisex shoes and socks are the best!) or make monetary donations to this program. Pledge your commitment by clicking on the "Sign Up Today" button above (make sure you're logged in first, with your APTA ID and password).
View specific needs list via Sign-up Genius.
NEXT Drop-Off Locations
There will be Shoes4Kids collection bins located outside of the House of Delegates until the close of the House. Donations will also be accepted through close of registration during NEXT on Thursday, June 13.
If you would like to ship your shoes and socks ahead of time, please ship to:
Babette S. Sanders, PT, DPT, MS, FAPTA
Professor and Assistant Chair for Student Affairs
Dept. of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
Feinberg School of Medicine
645 N. Michigan Ave – Suite 1100
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Online Monetary Donations: via PayPal | via GoFundMe
Please make donations by June 1, 2019, so there is time to shop for the shoes prior to NEXT.
Note: Donations after June 1 will be applied to future collections.
Donations by Check (Mail Checks by June 1, 2019):
Make checks payable to:
Brad Thuringer, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Lake Area Technical Institute
1201 Arrow Ave
PO Box 730
Watetown, SD 57201-0730