WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — A local organization is on a mission to make sure every child in need has a new pair of shoes on their feet.
The SHUZZ Foundation started right here in West Palm Beach six years ago; as of today, the non-profit has donated more than 100,000 pairs of shoes to kids in more than a dozen countries.
“Most of these children, have one pair of shoes,” said Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus Gold, the Medical Director for SHUZZ. “They have holes in them, they are way too small, they are dirty, they are causing skin conditions and problems.”
That’s where SHUZZ steps in, providing them with a few new pair of shoes.
One of the most recent deliveries was made to 500 children in Freeport; an area in the Bahamas hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew.
Their work doesn’t stop there though.
“We find children who have foot and ankle conditions that make it difficult to even walk or play or even wear shoes and we provide surgical reconstruction surgery for them so they can walk and play carefree,” said Dr. Gold.
The organization runs solely on the generosity of others. “It’s life changing for them and so heartwarming for us,” she said.
Some other programs include SHUZZ Young Athletics, which works to provide children across the U.S. with new athletic shoes so they have the opportunity to participate in sport programs.
The next major fundraiser for the organization is the SHUZZ Art Fashion Show in September 2017. The red-carpet event will include a cocktail party, Silent & Live Auctions, and Raffle Wall, followed by the SHUZZ signature fashion show. 100 percent of ticket sales go directly to relief efforts to provide shoes for children in need.
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