Share A Pair 2016 2017-03-02T19:41:32+00:00


It’s because of  YOU that Annie’s Locker was able to donate 398 shoes to children in need this year!

Thank you for helping Annie’s Locker have another successful Share a Pair campaign in 2016! It is because of your unending support to Annie’s Locker that we are able to make a difference in the lives of so many students at McIntosh Elementary School and students of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!


In April 2016, we asked the students of McIntosh Elementary to do a little philanthropic work themselves. From April – May, the students collected “Pennies for Tennies.” The students collected almost $600.00 of coins to purchase shoes for students at Leonardo De Gastelum School in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Leonardo de Gastelum School was all but destroyed in the Odile Hurricane of 2014.

The students of Leonardo De Gastelum School live in a similar neighborhood to the students of McIntosh. Mexico does not offer state aid or welfare to families, so the students that attend the school usually have one pair of shoes that they share with a sibling. The school offers morning and afternoon classes so the siblings are arranged to attend different class times. Because the students of McIntosh collected so much money from Pennies for Tennies, Annie’s Locker was able to purchase over 60 pairs of gym shoes for the students. And, with the generous help of Swedish American Hospital, we were able to donate 60 pairs of athletic socks to the students as well.

On October 31, Leonardo de Gastelum in Cabo San Lucas received the 60 pairs of shoes and socks. Annie’s Locker fundraising chair, Terri Odell, traveled to the school and delivered the shoes and socks to the students.

There are so many children in Rockford School District 205 that attend school without proper gym shoes and are not able to participate in gym class. To many, gym shoes are seen as a normal school supply, like a pencil or pen, but not to all. How can we expect our young students to grown into healthy adults if they cannot run or play with gym shoes? How can Physical Education teacher inspire students to love fitness if their feet hurt from improper footwear? So…we wondered, how could Annie’s Locker help?

We thought…Rockford is a generous community, maybe they could help us financially support the purchase of suitable shoes. With the help of Steve Jaycox, owner of Runner’s Image, his Saucony brand shoe rep, and generous sock donations from Swedish American Hospital, we were able to deliver 338 pairs of gym shoes and athletic socks to all of the students at McIntosh Elementary School.

The idea is to give proper gym shoes to students so they can develop better health skills, teach students to give back to others, and develop a program that will reach more children. Gym shoes and socks are so simple, but can be so impactful when given to the right audience.

Is THANK YOU enough?
Probably not, but it’s all we can say. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Terri Odell, Fundraising Chair

The following individuals and businesses were our BIG donors for Share A Pair!

Many of them used CREATIVE GIVING to help us reach our goal. Thank you for your efforts, YOU ARE APPRECIATED!
* Cheryl and Rick Bischoff
* The Bowl Doctors
* Kim and Harvey Einhorn
* Heartland Church
* Holy Family Catholic School
* The Fit
* Al and Bridget Sherif
* United Technology Aerospace Systems (formerly known as Sundstrand)

“Thank you Annie’s Locker for the shoes and socks. I can dance in the shoes!”


“Thank you for my new shoes. They are awesome and I can run, jump and play in my new shoes.”

Your first grade friend, Karlos

“The Scomus (Sauconys) are great! I play basketball in them.”

“These shoes will make me so fast!”

“Thanks for the shoes! The shoes help me run and dance.”


“Thank you for the shoes, it is a good idea to help the environment for people who need shoes. The shoes make me feel happy and more happy. Me and my classmates love our shoes.”

“We absolutely LOVE our new shoes!  Thank you so much!”

On April 5th we arrived at McIntosh Elementary School and began the FIT IN 60 program along with a new program called PENNIES FOR TENNIES.  We hope to inspire the students of McIntosh to be givers as well as receivers of shoes. We asked the students to collect coins that Annie’s Locker would match, to purchase shoes for an underprivileged elementary school in another country. The students collected coins from April 5- May 5 and raised a grand total $593.82!

Please help us reach our goal of 300 shoes for McIntosh students.  We are asking for financial donations only, as we will be purchasing the shoes through Runners Image.

Share A Pair History

Our Share A Pair Drive is our annual event when we ask the community to “Share A Pair.”  The item we ask for has changed over the years, from socks to sports bras to shoes… but Share A Pair supports our mission of inspiring and equipping people to lead healthier lives!

In 2013, through collaboration with the International Peace Committee and Youth Services, Annie’s Locker was able to provide new gym shoes to homeless children at 55 elementary school as part of our fourth annual Share A Pair drive.  As part of the celebration of the 2013 International Day of Peace, a labyrinth entitled “Walking in Their Shoes” was created by Barrie Gibby and installed at Rockford University.  It was comprised entirely of new children’s shoes; funds were raised to enable us to purchase 500 pairs of shoes.

Inspired by the success we had, our 2014 goal was to purchase over 800 pairs of shoes. We ended exceeding that goal, and provided over 1000 pairs of gym shoes to three schools in Rockford, IL., with the highest percentage of at risk and homeless children:  Lewis Lemon; King; and Beyer Elementary Schools.

Our 2015 goal was to provide Kishwaukee School with gym shoes, after they completed the Fit in 60 Program!!  We encouraged the students to participate in at least 60 minutes a day of activity.  All the students participated, they turned in the cards and received brand new gym shoes.

In 2016 we hoped to provide brand new shoes and socks to 398 students at McIntosh Elementary School.   The students participated in the Fit in 60 program along with a new program called Pennies for Tennies.  The students collected coins to help purchase shoes for a school where they cannot afford even shoes for school.   Annie’s matched the amount collected $583.00.  The children were able to fund 60 pairs of shoes for Gastelum School in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.