Famous Footwear equips 20,000 adoptive children for school

Famous Footwear, in partnership with the Ticket to Dream Foundation, has helped some 20,000 young adoptees start the school year with the supplies and opportunities they need to succeed in the classroom.

This was made possible through customer donations made in-store, in the Famous Footwear app and online at Famousfootwear.com.

“Ticket to Dream is so grateful to Famous Footwear and their generous customers who have made a big difference for foster children this back-to-school season,” said Gina Davis, CEO of Ticket to Dream Foundation. “Together, we’ve helped provide much-needed supplies and support to help thousands of foster children start the school year off right,” she said.

Monetary donations received from customers provided the young adoptees with nearly 16,000 backpacks, school supplies and new clothing/shoes, not to mention more than 300 new laptops and more than 2,400 technological accessories. It also provides tutoring assistance to over 200 youth in foster care.

Nearly 600 pairs of Converse shoes were also provided.

“At Famous Footwear, we have the incredible opportunity to leverage our footprint and platform to support important causes, like Ticket to Dream,” said Mike Edwards, Division President, Famous Footwear. “During our back-to-school season, Famous Footwear was able to raise $1.1 million for Ticket to Dream. I can’t wait to see our associates and customers come together to help make a difference in children’s lives. It’s no small feat to raise $8.2 million – which is the total amount we’ve raised since 2020 – it truly demonstrates the kindness and compassion of our buyers, our communities and our associates.

Additionally, Famous Footwear welcomed more than 250 children and teens to stores across the country for shopping sprees. Each young adoptee received a brand new pair of shoes, socks, an adidas backpack and school supplies.

“For many young people in foster care, shopping for themselves is a rare commodity, so that’s what makes those celebrity shoe shopping sprees so special,” Davis said. “These kids are having free rein in the store to find their dream shoes, new socks and a backpack. It’s a day full of smiles and excitement.

The support doesn’t stop at graduation. In August, Famous Footwear and Ticket to Dream helped two young adoptees move from their college dorm to their first apartment near campus to complete their studies.

“Only 3% of foster kids graduate from college, so providing them with a place to retreat and pursue their dreams is a special experience,” Davis said. “We’re so grateful for the many ways Famous Footwear went the extra mile for foster kids this summer and all year round,” adds Davis.

The Ticket to Dream Foundation works to ensure that people living in the foster care system have day-to-day essentials and opportunities to thrive by working in partnership with a national network of supporters, businesses and more than 200 nonprofit fostering agencies, to help foster young people quickly and efficiently. in local communities.

Famous Footwear’s upcoming support will provide gifts and experiences for young adoptees throughout the holiday season, as well as targeted support for young Hispanic and Latino adoptees by celebrating diversity, helping recruit adoptive parents and Spanish-speaking mentors and offering ESL training and/or translation services.

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