You guys, it’s been an insane week! I’ve been dealing with a 3 day long headache – I was hoping it was weather related but it’s not letting up so I might have to suck it up and see a doctor, I’m giving it a few more days. We had a foot of snow fall on us in the last 24 hours, causing NYC schools to be closed yesterday, which NEVER happens. I was telling a friend that in the 8 years my kids have been in school, this was our 3rd snow day. We baked cookies, shoveled the stoop steps and sidewalk and made a fort out of couch cushions. Then I took a nap while the boys had a wrestling match in the living room. A good time was had by all – and school is open today!! (woo hoo!!)

That means it’s Friday – again! Sheesh! Every Monday I wake up wondering what’s in store for me this week and then I blink and it’s Friday again. It’s truly amazing how fast time really does fly. I’ve been doing research on different organizations to highlight for Pay It Forward and I came across this one yesterday and I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s called The Shoe That Grows, and it’s a sandal that is designed to grow with your feet. Anyone can wear them. The founder of the company Kenton Lee had the idea when he was in Kenya in 2007. He saw children trying to fit into shoes that were too small or were full of holes because they didn’t fit when he had the idea to create something durable and long lasting. This is genius!

The best part is that there are multiple ways to be involved with this amazing cause. Donate a pair – for $15 dollars you can donate a pair of shoes – yep, that’s right, FIFTEEN DOLLARS and a child in need gets a new pair of shoes that will last up to 5 years. Distribute shoes – there are multiple donation partner levels for example $200 gets you 10 pairs of shoes to deliver to a place in need. Buy a pair – for yourself, your kids, whoever for $50 and that gets you your pair PLUS two pairs to be donated. You guys, this is such an amazing idea!! I signed up to be a volunteer for the company because I love their mission – I’m waiting for more info on how I can help spread the word.

So today, as you’re lacing up your comfy sneaks or your super warm snow boots or perhaps slipping on your flip flops, think of all the kids that don’t even have one pair of shoes that fit them properly. Bring your lunch to work and donate a pair of Shoes That Grow today!!

For more information about The Shoe That Grows – check out their website: https://theshoethatgrows.org/index.html

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