Despite all that’s wrong with the world, there are still good people out there doing the right things.
Whether we’re talking about a 12-year-old kid who decided to honor his deceased grandfather by dressing up as a bunch of celebrities and wearing mustaches, or Andre McDonnell, the man who donates dozens of shoes to the homeless throughout New York City, they’re out there!
You just have to know how to find them. If you wanted to find Andre McDonnell, it wouldn’t be too difficult. After work, he makes his daily journey from SoHo to Grand Central Terminal.
That’s where he hands out free pairs of shoes to those in need.
Meet Andre McDonnell, a 40-year-old man looking to make a difference in his community — one pair of shoes at a time!
McDonnell decided to contribute to the world by creating a movement called It’s From the Sole.
Every day after work at the Atrium store in SoHo, McDonnell treks to Grand Central Terminal and Union Square to hand out shoes to the homeless.
McDonnell accepts shoe donations from those looking to join the movement.
All of the shoes are thoroughly washed by McDonnell himself before they’re distributed. Here he is in the laundromat where he spends $50-60 a week washing them.
The idea came to McDonnell about three years ago after a basketball game he played with friends.
“I saw a homeless guy with no shoes on, so I left the ballgame, took off my shoes and offered him my sneakers and he took them with a smile.”
“As I walked away, I felt the gravel under my own feet, and it just hit me there has to be something more that I can do,” he told the New York Post.
“The best feeling is to see a homeless person in the shoes I gave them. I know that they appreciate it, and it just may make their walk in life just a bit easier.”
If you’d like to make a contribution to Andre McDonnell’s It’s From the Sole, inquire by sending an email to Andre@itsfromthesole.org.