First News - - SPECIAL REPORT - by Sal’s Shoes

SAL’S Shoes is a char­ity that helps send used shoes that still have plenty of life in them to chil­dren around the world who may not be able to af­ford shoes of their own.

Many of you will have been out of school since March, so your school shoes won’t have had as much wear as usual. Per­haps you’ve out­grown all your shoes and are look­ing for­ward to shop­ping for new ones? Shoes are some­thing that many of us take for granted but, for around 300 mil­lion chil­dren world­wide, shoes are a lux­ury that their fam­i­lies sim­ply can­not af­ford.

Fol­low­ing the lock­down to pre­vent the spread of COVID-19, many more fam­i­lies in the UK are strug­gling to af­ford to meet ba­sic needs like shoes. Chil­dren’s char­ity Sal’s Shoes aims to help, with a mis­sion to dis­trib­ute out­grown (but not out­worn) shoes to chil­dren who need them.

The char­ity was es­tab­lished in 2013, by mum CJ Bowry, who wanted to send her son Sal’s preloved shoes to find new feet. Sal’s Shoes col­lects and dis­trib­utes barely-worn chil­dren’s shoes and, to date, has col­lected over two mil­lion pairs and sent them di­rectly to chil­dren in 45 coun­tries around the world, in­clud­ing the UK.

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