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!
By the end of summer, SKECHERS will have thrown 20 events with 13 different key accounts, providing more than 97,000 pairs to children in need across the United States so far in 2014. Recent or soon to happen events include Indianapolis seen in the video above with 1,000 pairs donated at the Colts training facility; a huge 27,500 pair donation at the Detroit Zoo; 1,376 pairs in Cumberland, MD; as well as fun events for kids featuring shoe decorating, snacks and more in Sacramento, Jacksonville, and Naples, FL. Additionally, the first international account event was held in Winnipeg, Canada in May with 3,000 pairs donated to kids. All told, over 8.7 million pairs have been donated around the globe since 2011. Make a difference for kids with BOBS!
BOBS Partners with Shoe Carnival and K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers to Give Back in Puerto Rico and Lubbock
We recently partnered with Shoe Carnival and K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers to donate new shoes to students in need across Puerto Rico and Lubbock, Texas. More than 13,000 pairs of BOBS from Skechers were distributed at a series of special end of school year events. That makes over 57,000 shoes donated to date with Shoe Carnival alone and overall more than eight million pairs since BOBS launched in 2011. Everywhere we went, the kids were excited and had a chance to decorate and personalize their new shoes. These local events truly exemplify the power of the BOBS movement and illustrate the power we have to create positive impact on the world around us. Check out the video to catch a heartwarming look at what happened.
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.