July 25, 2012

White Dog and The White Dog Army
Wonderful World Wednesday
White Dog and the rest of the White Ones are convinced that four-leggeds and young people hold the key to restoring the grace and goodness that once was commonplace. It is these unfaltering, compassionate spirits that will put the pieces back together and teach the rest of us how to heal the wounds of our troubled world. With Heroes like Nick Lowinger growing into his shoes, there is no doubt that hope survives for our wonderful world. Read about him…

Boy Wins Hero Award for Giving New Shoes to Thousands of Kids in Shelters
By Good News Network Monday, July 23, 2012

A 14-year-old from Rhode Island, Nicholas Lowinger, was chosen as a 2012 Huggable Hero, winning $10,000 for his outstanding work in public service. The boy's foundation, Gotta Have Sole, donates new footwear to children living in homeless shelters.

New shoes not only provide the perfect fit for a child, but they also instantly increase a child's self-esteem. To date, Nicolas has purchased 5,000 pairs of shoes for homeless kids by collecting donations worth $200,000.

Although the 501(c) (3) non-profit charity was initially established as a simple community service project for his Bar Mitzvah in November 2010, Nicholas has continued his selfless service. Shelters around the United States send him footwear orders with specific shoe sizes and Nicholas collects and hand delivers packages to the kids in RI and MA, and sends the rest to needy families as far away as Texas.

"I decided to give shoes because shoes take you places," said Nicholas. "You can't really go somewhere without shoes... and clothing is something people regularly donate to shelters."

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Nicholas held a special event to collect and send new footwear to more than 90 children of the first responders.

Nicholas was named one of 15 “Huggable Heroes” by the Build-A-Bear Workshop this month, winning ten thousand dollars and earning a scholarship for himself, as well as $2,500 for his charity. All these young philanthropists from the U.S. and Canada realize that kids can impact their community in a major way.

'Gotta Have Sole Foundation, Inc.' always appreciates donations and new shoes. Visit his website at, www.gottahavesole.org.


Nola said...

What an amazing young man

Mr. Pip said...

Yep, the young ones and the furry ones have much to teach the rest of us!

Your pal, Pip

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I think Nicholas, is a hero in my eyes, and I bet many others feel the same way!
He is amazing!

GOOSE said...

We can learn a lot can't we.? Yes we can

Jeanne Pursell said...

What an awesome kid!! That is just terrific!!
xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Teddy Bear said...

What a pawesome guy!

Teddy Bear & Sierra

haopee said...

The things kids are capable of doing these days... just amazing.

Hey WDA, something's wrong with your pictures guys.

Huggies and Cheese,


Brian said...

Hooray for that young hero!!! Hey, I can't see your header pic or background, but it might just be an iPad thing.

Remington said...