Student organization created to put shoes on feet in need

I Heart Yo Sneaks gives to less fortunate through sneaker

By Alana Edgin
On April 14, 2016

   About 150 homeless children will go to San Angelo schools this year. They won’t have the best of clothes or shoes, but one new campus organization wants to help those children and others who are struggling.
   In order to help those less fortunate, the new I Heart Yo Sneaks student organization was created to donate shoes to those in need of shoes. “I am the founder and the president of the organization and I started this to get more people to give back, appreciate what they have and to help make sharing cool,” senior Henry Mahome said. I Heart Yo Sneaks is the first organization of its kind at ASU, and not many other universities have a student-run effort solely to donate shoes. 
   This organization takes donated shoes, cleans them and will donate them to boys and girls clubs, displaced children in the CASA program and outreach programs for the homeless. “While I personally never went without good shoes, a couple of students from my high school had really bad ones,” sophomore Mikera Walker said. “I love the idea of donating shoes to people and having them go to someone who really needs them.”
Mahome founded the organization earlier this year and the organization has grown to 32 active members under the 12 founding members. “There are a lot of events we are hoping to get into the works especially in the summer,” Mahome said. “For starters, on April 24 we are participating in the children’s fair. We are hoping to get funding so we can rent out the Junell and have a basketball tournament and then we are planning on doing a lot more to help out with kids.”
   To sign up, Mahome said to go to their meetings in the Academic building room A004 on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. It’s completely free to join but to participate in events, members will need to wear an IHYS shirt. 

 

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