The Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) has kicked off a new project called Sneakerdoodles, which will run from May 1 to Aug. 15.
“HAAM is very excited to be benefiting from this wonderful new project,” said Director Millie Garrison. “New sneakers for the children will bring a lot of smiles for their first day of school.”
Sneakerdoodles’ goal is to provide kids K-12 “new” back-to-school sneakers through HAAM. Every child deserves “new” back-to-school sneakers.
The project is a dream come true for Kingwood resident Trilla Cook, who was inspired by a similar sneaker drive by a non-profit organization in Onalaska, Kids’ Free Clothing Exchange (KFCE).
The collection of donated “new” sneakers will be distributed to coincide with HAAM’s Back-to-School Drive.
According to Cook, the Humble Area Retired Teachers Association (HARTA) has expressed an interest in this project, and they invited Cook to present information at their May meeting.
“Since the kids benefiting from Sneakerdoodles are zoned to Humble ISD, HARTA is the first group I thought of as possible proponents,” said Cook, who is also a HARTA member. “And we hope the entire Lake Houston area will get behind it.”
Cook said that a project to provide “new” back-to-school sneakers to Humble ISD kids in need has tugged at her heartstrings ever since she heard about the project in Onalaska, which serves seven counties around Lake Livingston.
“It reminded me of what my mother once said when I was a kid, when I asked her the reason she didn’t complete school. ‘I had no shoes,’ was her reply, and I never forgot it,” said Cook. “I know that she had a hard time keeping school shoes on her own children as well, especially my older siblings. I’m the youngest of 10 children, so I wanted to do this for school kids in honor of my Mom who passed away in 2001.”
HAAM has been a staple in Humble for the past 27 years, where 60 percent of the families they serve are located, and where 20 percent of the residents live below the poverty line. According to HAAM’s website, this number is higher than both the county and state, and is considerably higher than the national average.
Donations can be dropped off until Aug. 15 at HAAM Social Services located at 1302 First Street in Humble. HAAM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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