Have you ever thought that a pair of your old shoes could really change a life? Well, they can. When I first started CNK, I knew I wanted to help my community in some way but I struggled for awhile with the "what" and the "how."  I wanted to dedicate CNK resources to something that helped others, but as a business running on the strength of me, myself and I, it became increasingly difficult to find a cause that we could commit to without overwhelming ourselves in the process. So, when our good friend Tristen Paige announced her plan to collect used shoes for the homeless and distribute to local shelters in our Dallas community.  Our friends at Centre decided to join in on our Sole Saving mission and, BOOM.  I saw it as an answer to a prayer.

That said, CNK and Centre are putting our best foot forward in support of the Turning Paiges Sole Saving mission. For the month of September, Turning Paiges will launch its 3rd annual Sole Saving campaign, an initiative dedicated to fighting the devastating impact of poverty by providing brand new and slightly used shoes to at risk youth, family survivors of abuse, homeless, and individuals in immediate need. Since it began, Sole Saving has distributed thousands of pairs of shoes in the Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, and Los Angeles area. Turning Paiges is asking the community in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to join their team and take a step for the cause by joining SOLE SAVING for Souls In Need starting on Thursday, September 1, 2016 running through September 30, 2016

We are looking for community members to help support us by agreeing to collect 25 pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes in the next 4 weeks. Here’s how you do it:

START IN YOUR FAMILY CLOSET

Gather pairs of shoes that you’ve out grown, shoes that are out of style, out of season, or shoes you just know you won't wear any longer. If you have 25 pairs, great, if not please ask your neighbors and/or co-workers to do the same. These shoes will help support individuals in our community who need them the most. Can we count on you? If you can’t collect 25, then try for 15, 10, or 5. Every pair helps. 

Our friends at Centre have a collection box on site at their Mockingbird Station location.  You can drop off your donation Monday - Friday between the hours of 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Saturday from 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM, and Sunday between 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM.

Will you accept the challenge?

The shoes you collect are not just shoes, they give a chance at a livelihood that someone may not have had before. The shoes you collect should be in good condition meaning that the soles are intact, they have laces (if necessary), there are no holes, they are dry and clean, and they still have life left in them. If you wouldn’t give them to your best friend, then they are not worthy to submit with your collection. For a list of Do’s and Don’ts of a proper shoe collection, see below.

PERKS

If you accept the ONE BAG CHALLENGE and drop your donation in the box located at the Centre store in Mockingbird Station, you'll receive 25% off any new shoe purchase in store. You'll also receive a code for 25% off in our e-store. Just Instagram or Tweet us (@CNKDaily) a photo of your donation!

Our goal is to raise over 1,000 pairs of gently used, or new shoes, in 30 days! We are all in this together, and with your help, we will reach our goal in no time!  Remember, we'll only be collecting shoes until the 30th of this month!  


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