“Each year on the first day of school, I would see behavioral issues from different students because they would have low self-esteem and confidence from the clothes they wore and the shoes they wore,” Johnson stated.
Two years in the past, the 30-year-old launched Project 300 by way of his nonprofit RNS Sports.
He informed ABC11 that his thought for the challenge got here from a dream. The imaginative and prescient: Gather group donations and help to present not less than 300 youngsters with a model new pair of shoes
“All different types, man. Like good shoes. These are not rinky-dink shoes,” Johnson stated.
The idea has exploded since his first occasion in August 2019.
Johnson stated he waits six days earlier than the occasion to announce the shock location on social media.
That’s how Asia Mitchell found the giveaway.
She was one of many fortunate households to get these shoes.
Mitchell is a mom of 5, is disabled and lives on a set revenue.
“When I told them we were going to get new shoes for school, they were overjoyed, jumping up and down was excited and waiting for the day to come,” Mitchell stated. “They were like, thank you!”
The gratitude is a blessing for Johnson, too.
“My heart has been to help people,” he stated.
So many individuals confirmed up final time, Johnson had to flip households away.
But this yr he expects he can double his giveaway to 600 pairs of shoes.
People have till Aug. 8 to donate earlier than the situation of the shoe giveaway is introduced on social media.
“It’s amazing and everything to me,” stated Johnson.
To donate or request data, send an email here or ship a direct message by following @RNSSportsNC on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook at RON N Shoot (RNS) Sports Inc.
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