I wanted to provide all of you who support Sky Footwear with a recent update about our mission as a company. This past Friday (3/31) Eric and I -- along with a couple of friends -- were able to hand out the pairs of socks YOU helped us raise for the residents at Breakthrough Urban Ministries (Chicago, IL). Breakthrough welcomed us with the opportunity to hand out socks, attend chapel, and tour the facility on Friday at the Men's Center in downtown Chicago.
While on our tour through the facility we were shown the donation room for the residents. The donation closet at the facility helps provide residents with clothes for everyday wear, and also outfits for special occasions, such as a job interview. The donation room was full of jackets, ties, pants, and other articles of clothing for the guests at the organization. However, when we asked the tour guide about the socks in inventory for the residents we were shown an empty bin. While the container was scarcely filled with a few gloves and hats, the bin only had a few mismatched pairs of socks remaining in the entire facility.
The realization of how much socks are needed help encourage our efforts to grow and increase our impact in different communities. While Sky Footwear was started with the knowledge that socks are a huge need for the homeless community, it was eye opening to see an empty bin and helped serve as a great reminder that our efforts are for a great cause. While we passed out the socks and had conversations with the residents, I couldn't help but notice one of the guys taking off his old pair socks to replace them with the pair we just handed out.
While the donation of socks may seem like a small act, the value that you are helping supply is making a great impact to the people we support. This experience helps further increase the evidence that our mission of providing hope to these individuals by providing a simple need is being met.
Once again, thank you, for helping us make an impact in the local communities in the U.S. Your support allows our team at Sky Footwear the opportunity to continue to help the wonderful work various homeless shelters are doing across the country. We look forward to continuing our efforts and increasing our impact.