A group of Humble ISD employees have taken on the task of spreading the word among coworkers about Sneakerdoodles to help get new sneakers for kids as the new school year begins. The departments include maintenance and operations as well as transportation.
Tom Duffee, who recently retired as assistant director of maintenance and operations, took up the Sneakerdoodles cause and provided flyers to circulate among his former coworkers and encouraged them to help get new back-to-school sneakers for students. Duffee said he offered to pick up collections of sneakers to deliver them to Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM).
The Sneakerdoodles Project was started in 2017 and the goal is to help HAAM give new sneakers to students as part of their back-to-school services.
“This is such a wonderful project and especially this year when the need is so high,” said HAAM director Millie Garrison. “Thank you for all your hard work to organize and all the supporters of this project.”
According to Trilla Cook, the project creator, Sneakerdoodles has previously been enthusiastically supported by the community since its beginning. The first year’s donations totaled 477, with 682 pairs of sneakers donated in 2018. In 2019, HAAM received 450 pairs; donations for 2020 are also down.
Donations of new sneakers will be ongoing due to the great need during the COVID-19 pandemic. When dropping off sneakers, mark them for Sneakerdoodles.
“We are hoping the community will once again rally for this very worthwhile cause, so no foot is left behind,” Cook said.