SAN ANTONIO – Zapatos has been instrumental in putting shoes on kids’ feet since 2016.
They stand by their motto, ‘NO shoes, NO service’ because they know for a child or teen who has a good pair of shoes it makes a difference in their life.
Zapatos works with school counselors and liaisons to fill shoe requests for students who need basic tennis shoes and for kids who need accessible shoes because of a disability.
A shoe that fits well opens doors to other opportunities like graduation, ROTC, after school-work programs, sports and even prom.
Donations for Share the Shoes will be accepted Nov. 1 until Dec. 16 and can be dropped off at any of the SAPD substations.
This year, in addition to shoes, new socks will also be accepted during the collection drive.
About the items needed
New tennis shoes are the primary request, but any new pair of shoes is appreciated.
A variety of shoe sizes are needed. The young recipients of this shoe drive are school aged kids, from pre-k to high school.
Donors who wish to give socks are welcome to bring in over-the-calf, ankle, no show, dinosaur socks, fancy socks, athletic socks - the choice is yours, but they must be new.
Anyone wishing to make monetary donations toward the purchase of a new pair of shoes can do so through Zapatos online.
SAPD substation locations
3635 East Houston Street
5020 Prue Road
711 W. Mayfield Road
7000 Culebra Road
515 South Frio Street
Zapatos is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2015 by Maria Gloria Martinez. Over 300 students were served in 2016 and 703 in 2017. Zapatos strives to help society’s less fortunate families by providing new shoes. ‘Shoes are foundational; Shoes are Fundamental’.
KSAT Community operates in partnership with University Health, Energy Transfer and Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union. Click here to read about other KSAT Community efforts.