What We Do

  • Over 60% of Collier County public school students (over 26,500 kids) are designated “economically needy.” Over 70% of kids in Lee County meet that designation. The children who receive Laces of Love shoes are among these kids.
  • Incorporated in 2005, Laces of Love has outfitted over 200,000 needy kids in Southwest Florida with NEW shoes.
  • New sneakers and monetary donations (100% of which are used to purchase shoes unless otherwise designated) are extremely important and gratefully accepted.
  • All shoes sizes are needed since “Laces” distributes shoes to children from toddlers through high school seniors.  Child size 3 – adult size 12 are especially needed.
  • Shoes are distributed through Collier and Lee Country public schools (c/o guidance counselors and school nurses) and through non-profit organizations that serve needy kids.  The shoes are fitted and given in the privacy of the staff offices.
  • Many times the Laces of Love shoes are the first pair of new shoes the child has ever had.
  • We do not give shoes directly to families.
  • Laces also facilitates the donation of cleats and sports shoes to many student athletes in Southwest Florida.

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