In 2010, for my 8th birthday, I decided to ask for shoes instead of presents so I could donate them to a local school in Montreal.
That year I donated 22 pairs.
The following year I collected more shoes at my birthday party but it didn't seem like my donation was going to be a very big help in a school for 200 children
In 2012 my own school, Selwyn House School of Montreal, agreed to my request to ask the the Elementary School to bring in donations. We fixed the last day to bring in shoes and boots as October 18th, my birthday. That year I was able to donate 100 pairs of shoes.
In 2015 the shoes drive expanded to include Selwyn's Middle School and the total amount collected was 489 pairs.
Expansion in 2016
In 2016 I officially named the shoe drive SHOES FOR SCHOOLS and with the help of three local girls' schools, Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's, The Study School for Girls and The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, we were able to collect 623 pairs of shoes and boots.
Shoes For Schools was thrilled to be honoured at WE Day Montreal with a 150.00 contribution towards future expenses courtesy of the #150RBC initiative as part of their #MakeCanadaCount campaign.
Our video can be seen on their website.
2017 and Beyond
With the demand for donations increasing, we worked towards bringing other Montreal area schools on board to help with the 2017 annual drive.
It is with great excitement that Shoes For Schools starts off their 2017 campaign with a big thank you and welcome to both Trafalgar School for Girls as well as The Priory School of Montreal. Thank you for joining us in our quest of warm shoes and boots for many more school children from Kindergarten to Grade Eleven.