Local Non-Profit Collects Shoes to Donate to Domestic Violence Victims

(KSDK) - A North St. Louis county woman is trying to collect 2,000 pairs of shoes. These aren't being shipped away to some far off land. They're going to victims of domestic violence right here in the St. Louis area.

Rhonika Jones and her not for profit, the Share my Kickz Foundation, are collecting any and every kind of shoe to address a need she says most people have no idea exists.

"I worked as a psychologist at a women's shelter in Corpus Christi Texas and I noticed that a lot of my clients would come in and they were lacking the basic accessories such as shoes," Jones says.

Jones donated shoes there, and brought the idea for the Share my Kickz Foundation with her when she moved back to St. Louis last year.

"We drop them off at the shelters, and then the shelters give them out to the women and children there free of charge."

Sunday is her big summer shoe drive, Flip Flopping for Summer. They're collecting flip flops and all other shoes.

"Last year with our flip flop drive, we collected 1,000. So I would like to collect 2,000 this year," says Jones.

She tells us the need for donated shoes at shelters for victims of domestic violence is huge. At the three she works with, she's already served close to 500 people this year.

"We all know someone that has been a victim of domestic violence throughout our lifetime. So you don't have to go far to find someone that's been affected."

"When I think about the homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters and donating, usually you donate clothes, you donate shampoo, you donate stuff like that," says donor Natoshia Scott. "But just the need for shoes never crossed my mind."

Natoshia Scott and her family have donated more than 100 pairs of shoes.

You can share your kickz too.

They're accepting shoes for women, children, and men.

The drive goes from 1-6 Sunday afternoon at the Share My Kickz Foundation at 14710 New Halls Ferry in Florissant.

There will be food and games for the children.


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