Instead of gifts for his bar mitzvah, 13-year-old Drew Frank only asked for donations so he could provide shoes for local kids in need.
When the donations he received totaled $25,000, he asked for the help of the Braden Aboud Foundation to distribute the shoes and accompanying socks — 400 pairs of them going to a public elementary school in a low-income neighborhood in El Paso and the rest going to a local orphanage and YWCA transitional living center for women and children, according to Patch.com.
“I’m giving sneakers to these kids who may otherwise not have new sneakers,” Frank said. “They just get shoes that have been passed down from generation to generation. I just wanted to give back to these kids who are less fortunate than me.”
The Aboudi Foundation has been giving away shoes annually since 2008. “Drew and his family approached us about doing something together,” the foundation’s Cindi Aboud said. “My hope is that our foundation will be able to one day get the sponsorship of Nike or another big shoe retailer to partner with us so we can buy more shoes.”