When the BOBS from SKECHERS program began in 2011, we wanted to do what we could to help children that needed footwear. We never expected it to become the hugely successful movement that it is today. Three short years later and we’ve crossed the NINE MILLION PAIR milestone! It’s truly incredible and we’re humbled by the impact that this program has had on children around the world. While we’re proud of the achievement, our mission continues with ongoing donation events. In fact, two events this past week in Nebraska City, Nebraska, and Evansville, Indiana, resulted in over 1,200 more kids receiving a new pair of shoes. Check out the pictures from the events as we march onward to 10 million pairs donated and beyond!
On May 16, BOBS from SKECHERS traveled to Santa Rosa, California to donate 1,000 pairs of shoes to the children of Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, Head Start/Early Head Start, and School Readiness programs in Sonoma County. Children gathered to receive a pair of BOBS and even had a chance to decorate them! The inspired and excited kids were able to use their imagination to create fun, personalized, fresh-looking shoes.
We love when our events inspire others to reach out to their community. In Santa Rosa, one local dentist joined in on the philanthropy by donating toothbrushes to the youth. No matter the product or event, we appreciate those who seek to create positive change in the world. That is why we want to say thank you to all the BOBS supporters! Whether you’re purchasing another pair of BOBS or simply giving back in your own way, we could not reach the milestone of more than 8 million pairs donated worldwide without your help.
For more pictures, check out our Santa Rosa gallery on Facebook, and be sure to like the post to show your continuous support of BOBS from Skechers!
This Spring, SKECHERS is partnering with Bealls department stores and Fashion Delivers/K.I.D.S. to donate 27,000 pairs of BOBS shoes throughout Pensacola, Florida. The first giveaway launched on January 24 with a donation event for 350 children in need hosted by Children’s Home Society of Florida. The afternoon included shoe decorating activities, music, snacks and a special visit from characters who posed for fun photos with the children. In the coming months, Children’s Home Society will continue to distribute BOBS shoes across the Pensacola region.
Thank you to all our customers who have purchased BOBS. This simple act is helping thousands of children in need across the U.S. Because of you, we have also reached more than six million pairs of shoes donated worldwide!
BOBS from SKECHERS embraced the holiday spirit of giving with three shoe donation events during the month of December!
The first was in SKECHERS’ backyard (Los Angeles, California) on December 14 with the Baby2Baby charitable organization. Children and families in need were invited to attend Baby2Baby’s third annual Holiday Party where they received gifts and a new pair of BOBS shoes to decorate. Santa Claus made an appearance as well, and children enjoyed holiday crafts, treats and music, plus a complimentary lunch with their families.
Next, we traveled across the U.S. for two BOBS donation events in New Orleans. Teaming up with BOBS retail partner Shoe Carnival, volunteers visited the Slidell-Pearl River Head Start organization for a holiday donation event on December 16. Santa Claus made a surprise appearance, and children received new pairs of SKECHERS socks and school supplies with their BOBS shoes.
And finally, a visit to Kingsley House in New Orleans, a charitable organization that has been serving the community since 1896. Children received BOBS shoes to decorate, plus new socks, school supplies and another surprise visit from Santa. In total, 2,400 pairs of new shoes were distributed in New Orleans through our BOBS charitable partner Fashion Delivers.
We’re looking forward to even more BOBS donation events in 2014 – stay tuned!
More Than Six Million Pairs of New Shoes Have Been Donated to Date
With thousands of lives lost and more than a half million homeless, the people of the Philippines are suffering after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan… and like many of you, SKECHERS is making big strides to help the hundreds of thousands affected.
Together with our donation partner Soles4Souls, we’re donating around 213,000 pairs of new BOBS shoes over the first two weeks of December to help children throughout the region. BOBS just passed the six-million-pair donation mark through this contribution, and we couldn’t have imagined a more worthy cause to usher in this milestone.
Thank you for making such a great impact with your BOBS purchases to help children throughout this region, as well as the millions of kids who’ve benefitted since BOBS started in 2011: in communities across America and more than 30 countries around the globe.
If you’d still like to make a difference, SKECHERS continues to donate new shoes to kids in need with your purchase; you can shop our year-round collection of BOBS styles for women, men and children in stores worldwide and online at skechers.com.
Celebrities Jimmy Kimmel, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Tommy Lasorda Make a Difference at the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk
Every October since 2009, SKECHERS has brought together thousands for the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk in LA’s South Bay. And each year, our beach is filled with bigger and bigger crowds, all who want to make a difference for kids with special needs and our schools.
This past Sunday was incredible – an unprecedented 10,000 gathered to help raise a new record: more than $1 million for The Friendship Circle and education foundations that will directly help our children. Thanks so much to the celebrities who joined us, including Jimmy Kimmel, Brooke Burke-Charvet and her family, and Tommy Lasorda. Our presenting sponsor Nickelodeon, the incredible local and national businesses who come out to rally for our children. And to all of you who took part: you’ve turned our beloved event into the largest of its kind for these causes in Southern California, and your impact will be felt for generations to come.
Just five months after reaching its first million-pair donation milestone, BOBS from SKECHERS today announced that it has donated more than three million pairs of new shoes for children in need worldwide. With a new pair going to a child in need for every pair of BOBS purchased, BOBS has expanded its donation network to include nearly 30 countries around the globe, with a focus on helping distressed families across the United States.
“The word is out about BOBS, and its growing success means that we can give more pairs than ever. We are pleased that we are able to get shoes in the hands of American families struck by financial hardship, those affected by natural disasters, including Superstorm Sandy, and many children in need around the world,” said Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “We’re so excited to be part of this movement of giving, and to help as many kids as we can. Through the continued support of socially conscious consumers, we believe we can make an even larger impact.”
BOBS unites people with a single goal: to help the approximately 300 million children worldwide in need of shoes due to poverty, epidemics and natural disasters. With the support of its non-profit giveaway partners, BOBS distributes to charitable organizations, homeless shelters, education programs and non-profit groups across the Americas, Africa, Eastern Europe, and mainland and Southeast Asia – and plans to continue expanding the program on a global scale.
Designed for women, men and kids, BOBS is supported by Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke-Charvet in a global awareness campaign across print, television, online and social media. You can find BOBS in stores nationwide, and in key markets around the world.