Our mission is to share the luv!
Soles Of Luv supplies new athletic shoes and socks to children in need, restoring both their dignity and joy. With the help of our sponsors and donors, we personally distribute hundreds of shoes and socks per year through our innovative programs. Each child is fit personally by one of our volunteers and receives not only a new pair of athletic shoes, but a spring in their step.
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own, and you know what you know.
And you are the guy who'll decide where to go.”
Soles of Luv was born in the heart of founder Cathy Crawford, after learning of a need that existed in the elementary school located next to her parish. It was brought to her attention that there were many children within the school who had no socks or underwear. In addition, many of them were wearing a parent or older sibling’s shoes, that were either way too big or small, and often tattered. Cathy, who was already leading initiatives to feed and clothe the homeless, took it upon herself to attempt to meet the need, and provide for these students what most of us take for granted. She contacted the school, and together with a group of friends, began providing new shoes and socks for the children who were in the greatest need. Word of this spread quickly, and soon schools began to contact her asking for her help, and what is now Soles of Luv was formed.
Since its inception, Soles of Luv has given literally hundreds of shoes, socks, book bags, and other items to school children throughout the Mahoning Valley. A team of volunteers arrives on the scene truly bringing with them Soles filled with Luv. They fit every child properly and leave them with a new pair of athletic shoes, restoring not only their comfort but their dignity. “Our reward is watching their little faces light up, and seeing their smiles,” describes Cathy.
Soles of Luv is a non-profit organization funded by generous donors and corporate sponsorships. The mission of Soles of Luv is simple, to supply new shoes and socks to the children of the Mahoning Valley, but their impact is far reaching and long-lasting to those they serve.