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Age Range

  • K - 2nd
  • 3rd - 5th
  • 6th - 8th
  • High School

Help Required


Gotta Have Sole is a group that gives brand new sneakers to kids who are living in unhoused shelters. Your job is to make one-of-a-kind cards using markers, stickers, and pencils and then write a friendly message on each one. Your card will be included with a pair of shoes given to a child in need. 

What's Needed To Complete

1. 5x7 Card stock paper 2. Magic markers, colored pencils, stickers and creativity!

Whose Help Is Required

Some help from Mom, Dad or a grown-up is required.

Special Requirements

If a creative card-maker is too young to write or draw a picture, they can use stickers, and an older child can help write the message on the back.

How It Makes A Difference

Making the cards makes you feel good because you're helping a child who has had to leave their home feel special. Sometimes, when a person is staying in a shelter, that place isn't even in their own neighborhood. And kids can really miss their friends from home. A friendly card makes them feel better.

Where to Serve

From Home/Anywhere*


Gather supplies and make your cards. Contact Nicholas Lowinger or Lori Lowinger at if you have any questions along the way. 1. Your card will have two sides. On one side, draw a picture, or add stickers, glitter, or anything else you want. You can also download a template 2. On the other side, write a nice message like, "Have fun in your new sneakers!" or "You are special!" - anything that makes the person feel thought of and cared for. 3. Mail your completed cards to: PO Box 8379 Cranston, RI 02920

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