This June, millions of kids will be going back to school— back to carrying books, wearing their uniforms and their requisite black leather shoes.
Unfortunately, however, that last one wouldn’t necessarily be true for some, as many students' parents could barely afford to buy them a new pair.
As a way of helping our less fortunate kababayans, Eastwood Mall organized Project Shoebox, a program where shoppers can sponsor or donate school shoes so more kids can make that walk to school in comfort.
Located at the second floor of the Eastwood Mall Veranda from June 7 to 30, Project Shoebox shows kind-hearted citizens how they can help kids with no shoes.
One is to sponsor new shoes for only Php250, and the other is by donating old but still decent shoes and simply dropping them off at the Giant Shoebox.
“This June, so many kids are excited to go back to school, with their new books and school supplies. But there are also children who don’t even have the basics, like school shoes, so they walk to school on their bare feet because their education is so important to them.
“Project Shoebox was launched for these kids. We want to make going to school easier for them even with just the simple gift of a pair of shoes,” said Kevin L. Tan, first vice president and commercial division head of Megaworld Corporation.
All contributions made to Project Shoebox will be given to the kids of Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines Inc. (OB) through Megaworld Foundation.
Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, Inc.(OB) works to fight hunger, disease, unemployment, illiteracy, and abuse— one family, one community at a time.
Through medical intervention and disaster relief, provision of education, coaching for the development of life skills and microenterprise activities, and addressing basic health and nutrition needs, OB exemplifies Christian compassion and benevolence.
OB’s children’s programs include Bless-A-Child, where they address the health needs of malnourished children by providing nutritionally balanced meals, health-care visits and free education, Happy Kids Camps, conducted with the help of local churches and Back-to-School, where they offer educational sponsorships to impoverished children in the form of school fees, supplies and uniforms, and more.
“We’d like to invite everyone to shoe some love! We encourage you to sponsor a pair of shoes or donate your previously-loved but still good ones to Project Shoebox. Let’s all work together to send kids to school in shoes,” Tan beckoned.