From Rhode Island Monthly
“It’s officially back-to-school season, and if that doesn’t get your heart racing, the thought of going back-to-school shopping certainly will. You might have to drag your little one to pick out their lunchbox and crayons after a long summer break by the beach, but for the 1.7 million homeless children living in the United States, this time of year often brings more dread than excitement.
Without access to shoes that fit well, many children are forced to miss school and sports, keeping them from starting a new year on the right foot.
Nicholas Lowinger, a graduate of the Wheeler School and founder of the national nonprofit Gotta Have Sole has made it his mission to provide children living in shelters across the United States with brand-new footwear to call their own. He’s now a freshman at New York University’s Stern School of Business. In the six years of operation (Lowinger started the charity when he was twelve, here in Cranston), Gotta Have Sole has provided more than 51,327 pairs of new shoes to homeless children of all ages in all fifty states.”