From the soul of your heart to the soles of their feet

It's From the Sole, a Non-profit Organization
helping people experience homelessness.

What We Do!
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WELCOME TO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We are a Non-profit Organization located in New York City, NY. We’ve collected, refurbished, and given a ton of shoes, clothing and food to the homeless population. Our mission is to do this every day in every city!

 

RECEIVE DONATIONS & REFURBISH

We personally clean the sneakers and insoles to insure freshness and quality.

DELIVER TO HOMELESS

We go all over New York city and donate the freshly refurbished sneakers to those in need.

 

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WHY SHOULD IT BE DIFFICULT TO HELP PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY OR IN THIS WORLD? 

Andre McDonnell
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ABOUT IT’S FROM THE SOLE

Compelled to create a charitable movement, I began collecting donations and it started with this story:

One day in 2012, after playing basketball with friends, I spotted a homeless man with no shoes on his feet. A sense of urgency came over me that nudged my soul to take action.  This nudge prompted me to take the sneakers off my feet, and offer them to this gentleman.  Feeling the gravel under his feet, nothing compared with the immense gratitude he experienced with this small act of kindness, as he returned a smile.  At that point, I realized there are many unfortunate people similar to his man, without so much as a decent pair of shoes.  I knew in my heart there had to be something more I could do to make their walk through life a little easier.

 

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THE PROCESS

"Once ready for distribution, I would fill a rolling duffel bag, hop on the train and hand deliver sneakers to the homeless in three locations of Manhattan – Port Authority Bus Terminal, Bryant Park, and Union Square – known as the 'Love Triangle'."

ACCEPT

Accept sneakers from donors, that are gently worn or in good condition.

CLEAN

Laundry sneakers and shoes.

REPLACE

Replace the old insole with a new insole and shoestrings in the sneakers with new or clean shoestrings.

DISTRIBUTE

Distribute refurbished or new sneakers to those in need.

 

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YOU ARE IN GOOD COMPANY!

By way of background, I was born in St. Michaels, Barbados, and came to Brooklyn, NY, at the age of five with my parents and two younger sisters.  I have attended Pine Forge Academy in Philadelphia, PA. In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball and traveling. When asked how I find the time and energy for all these activities, my response remains “It’s from the sole, sole of feet, to those in need.”

For the first two and a half years I handled the collection, cleaning and distribution, alone and at my own expense.  To aid in some of my efforts, I now recruit high school and college students, teaching them how to give back while performing community service for a cool organization. From the positive feedback I have been receiving, and most importantly, the expressions of appreciation from these recipients, I feel my small grass roots movement is poised for future growth.

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WORK IN PROGRESS!

The Organization’s next step is to affiliate with local retailers, footwear brands, and volunteers with homeless shelters, churches, civic and non-profit organizations. I believe that learning the operations of this business, will enable me to spread the message of rebuilding the integrity and dignity of the homeless population far and wide.

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Word got out about my mission, which I dubbed the name "It's From the Sole" (IFTS), which means to give from the soul of your heart, to the sole of your feet.  Soon after, It’s From the Sole, attracted media attention and sneaker donations poured in from many other contributors with footwear they no longer wanted.  As a result, I have generated publicity and encouragedpotential donors by appearing in several You Tube videos, TV talk shows, most notably an interview with Meredith Viera, as well as news articles in New York and Philadelphia publications, and also featured in Slam, a magazine for basketball enthusiasts.

• IFTS, has given out over 9,980 pair of sneakers to the homeless and less fortunate individuals in New York City & Philadelphia.
• IFTS staged its annual giveaway event at Love Park, distributing 2,300 pairs of sneakers and also baseball caps, socks, and jeans all in one day, 2013.
• IFTS is dedicated to distributing sneakers on a bi-weekly basis and have been committed to this effort for over the last year.
• IFTS began distributing warm winter clothing and pillows have been added to the contributions for the homeless.
• IFTS has participated in “Fashion For A Cause” to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief victims in 2012.
• IFTS Received the National Pine Forge Academy Community Service Award, 2013.
• IFTS won the TD Bank ‘Bring Change’ Award for raising the largest amount of money for theirevent, 2015.
• IFTS received New Yorker of the Year and Week Award from NY1 for my efforts of helping others in need, 2015.
• It’s From the Sole officially became a 501(c), non-profit organization, 2015.
• Yahoo.com Nicest Man in Fashion Award 2014
• 2015 NAACP Award

 

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BRAND DONATIONS

It’s From the Sole has been adored with donations from the following Brands:

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THE POWER OF GIVING

IS THE POWER OF RECEIVING

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PRESS

We have been featured on amazing media outlets. Click below to see some of our latest coverage in today's news!

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SPREAD LOVE

ONE PERSON AT A TIME

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Do you new or gently used sneakers that you are never going to wear? Donate them to our cause.