San Antonio Aquarium has community giving as part of their mission. They recently gave 664 pair of shoes to Haven for Hope of Bexar County and a donation to The Children’s Shelter valued at $3,200.
Imagine being homeless. You may not have any money in your pocket. If you do, it may be just a couple of dollars with no access to more. You live day to day. You don’t know where you are going to eat or sleep. You walk everywhere as you don’t have access to a vehicle like the average person does. Because of all the walking, your shoes don’t last very long. If you are a homeless child, when you outgrow your shoes, access to new ones is limited.
This winter, San Antonio Aquarium teamed up with “A Walk In My Shoes” to address this problem. With their assistance, 664 pair of shoes were collected via a shoe drive at the aquarium. The shoes were delivered to Haven for Hope of Bexar County to benefit those receiving assistance through their facility.
San Antonio Aquarium also made a donation of goods valued at $3,200 to The Children’s Shelter outfitting the children with backpacks, blankets, jackets and some toys.
“Working with our communities each year to help those less fortunate is a big part of our company mission,” says Ron Kipp, General Manager of San Antonio Aquarium. “These things are important. We also give free admission to all foster children so they can have a positive activity in their lives, give educators free admission so they can acquire information for their students and put on blood drives and charitable evenings for groups annually or when a need is seen.”
About San Antonio Aquarium:
San Antonio Aquarium has a mission to provide children and families access to the excitement and learning opportunities of the ocean. Exhibits include sea jellies, sea horses, caiman crocodiles, rare and colorful corals, sharks, stingrays, and thousands of other species. In addition to marine life, guests can interact with tropical birds and friendly reptiles, and even enjoy animatronic dinosaur displays. Popular activities include Birthday Parties, Snorkel With the Stingrays, Private Events and Field Trips. I-Guana Jump Bounce House is a sister facility in a separate yet adjoining building next door.
About A Walk in My Shoes: “A WALK IN MY SHOES” is a charity whose sole purpose is to help those in need of shoes get back on their feet. What once was only a vision is now reality. A WALK IN MY SHOES was started in August of 2012 by Eric Castillo, a former student athlete at the University of the Incarnate Word. He saw the need and combined it with his passion to help others and began what is now an amazing organization that helps those in need to get back on their feet. We strive to make a difference and realize that every pair of shoes can impact a life. We encourage you to help spread the word for this worthwhile cause. Monthly Shoe Drives are held to gather donations and pick-ups are also arranged to get shoes. Your support is greatly appreciated and volunteers are welcome. Eric Castillo-Founder 210-833-8786.