Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico – Reinas Bar on the south side of Puerto Vallarta is tackling one of the most visible signs of poverty by giving kids in need new shoes this holiday season. “When you give shoes to a child, you give so many other things like hope, dignity, and joy,” noted Marcus Van Groeningen, owner of Reinas Bar.
Thanks to the bar’s caring patrons, over 800 pairs of new shoes were collected during this year’s ‘fun-raising’ shoe drive.
The shoes will be distributed by Cheryl’s Shoebox, a local non-profit organization. The programs at Cheryl’s Shoebox have changed over the years with the underlying foundation of children and education. What started with a few pair of shoes to neighborhood children has expanded to school supplies, school window repair as well as providing mattresses for children undergoing cancer treatment and the list goes on and on.
Childhood is supposed to be a magical, carefree time. But kids can suffer excruciating stigma, bullying, and ridicule… all for the lack of decent shoes. Reinas Bar has collected over 1644 pairs since the campaign started just 2 years ago.
Start 2020 off on the right foot by stopping by Reinas Bar at Lázaro Cárdenas 361 to learn more about this wonderful program.
If you are not in Puerto Vallarta, but still want to help, you can make an online donation via Paypal at CherylsShoebox.org. You can also make a tax-deductible (USA only) donation through casajojofoundation.org, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. If you are being generous via the Casa JoJo foundation, please specify in the memo line that the donation is for Cheryl’s Shoebox.
The purpose of Cheryl’s Shoebox is to increase the quality of education in disadvantaged schools throughout the Banderas Bay region by providing shoes, school shoes and school materials to students as well as educational supplies to teachers. Click HERE to learn more about Cheryl’s Shoebox and how you can be part of this important effort.
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