We believe every child in our community should own a pair of shoes.

However, thousands of children in Kansas City are wearing tattered or outgrown shoes, with no replacement in sight. They are embarrassed to go to school, unable to participate in gym class, and their feet are exposed to the elements. 

Operation Heart and Sole provides new tennis shoes and socks to students who need them throughout the Kansas City Public School District. Many of these children are homeless, and all are living in poverty. 

 

These worn out shoes were four sizes too small for the student wearing them. He had been walking on the heels in order to not hurt his feet. Each student gets to choose their own new socks. This student's joy was contagious while he was picking out his very own! Choice is empowering. Students have enough shoe options that they can pick out and try on their favorite styles, just as if they were at a store!  School staff report that after students receive their shoes, they come to school with more confidence, focus, and are ready to learn.  No matter the age of the student, they make their gratitude known. Smiles,   thank you notes, and hugs   are always abound! 


 

Thanks to donations and community partnerships, 1,700 children have received shoes at the following schools: 

Hogan Elementary

Garfield Elementary

JA Rogers Elementary

Whittier Elementary

Trailwoods Elementary

Longfellow Elementary

Troost Elementary

Wendell Phillips at Attucks Elementary

Faxon Elementary

Melcher Elementary

 

 

Want to make a difference for students? 
 
You can join Operation Heart and Sole's efforts by funding a pair of shoes, or by bringing new tennis shoes or socks to Bishop Sullivan Center at 6435 Truman Rd

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Shoes
$20.00

Provide tennis shoes for children in Kansas City

 
 
Get your community involved for an even bigger impact
 
Conduct a donation drive for new children's tennis shoes or socks
with your church, school, or other group. 
Email Chanelle.Zak@BishopSullivan.org to get started.
 
Thank you to those below for their commitment to helping our community's students!