Making A Difference: Brandon Ingram and Goodr distribute food to New Orleans communities

Brandon Ingram and Goodr, a non-profit that profit that specializes in leveraging technology to reduce food waste and end hunger have joined forces to help New Orleans communities in need. Donations made by Ingram allowed Goodr to set up two pop-up locations in two different locations on two different days- Joe Brown Park (May 23) and A.L. Davis Park (May 24). The New Orleans community has been so welcoming to me and my family, and I know many people are having a hard time putting food on the table right…

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Nike donates 30,000 pairs of shoes to hospitals

Having previously assisted with the effort against COVID-19 by repurposing footwear resources to produce PPE, Nike ,in partnership with non-profit Good360, donated 30,000 pair of the Zoom Pulse to hospitals and health care systems in Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, and New York City. The Brand leveraged Ja Morant and other members from its roster of athletes to make the announcement. An additional 2,500 pairs will be donated to hospitals across Europe, including Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Paris and in Belgium. The Zoom Pulse was the sneaker Nike released back in December…

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Making a Difference: OOFOS donates 3,000 pair of shoes to hospitals

Another footwear company has stepped in with their resources to aid in the effort against COVID-19. Boston, Massachusetts-based OOFOS has donated over 3,000 pairs of sneakers to not only hospitals across their home state but across the nation. The most recent donation came last Friday at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts where critical care and intermediate care staff were surprised with new sneakers. “One of the nurses had been walking almost on her heels because her arches were too steep, so she immediately took off the shoes she had…

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Making A Difference: Adidas donates 130 pairs of shoes to healthcare pros at NY hospital

To help them be at their best in their fight against COVID-19, Adidas donated 130 pairs of sneakers to the healthcare professionals at Mount Sinai Queens hospital. “Of course, the ED Staff were super excited to get them,” Mount Sinai spokesperson Kathy Rubenstein said, using an acronym for the emergency department. “They spend most of their shift on their feet and wear sneakers every day. A new pair is a both a great pick me up and super practical.” The donation was helped made a reality by Loic Villepontoux who…

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Making A Difference: Hoka One One to donate thousands of sneakers to healthcare workers

Like New Balance, Brooks and Nike, Hoka One One is getting involved in the effort against COVID-19. As part of its Front Line Give Back Program, the running apparel and footwear Brand is donating 5,000 pairs of sneakers to healthcare professionals at the forefront of the battle with the pandemic. “Right now, front line medical workers are faced with a tremendous battle, and we are here to support them however we can. Their job is to save lives, which makes manufacturing and selling footwear seem trivial by comparison, but we…

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Making A Difference: Nike produces PPE in fight against COVID-19

Teams from Nike’s innovation, manufacturing and product have been working with health care pros from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to produce Product Protective Equipment in the form of full-face shields and powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses to provide to health care workers. Nike has taken materials-footwear collar padding, apparel threads and TPU from air units- used in its footwear and repurposed them to be used in PPE. The face shields are produced in a nine-step process formalized through a joint effort between Nike’s Innovation teams and manufacturing groups…

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Making A Difference: Brooks to donate 10,000 pair of sneakers to Healthcare Workers

Brooks is doing its part to aid in the ongoing efforts to mitigate the threats posed by COVID-19. On April 2, the Seattle, Washington-based athletic footwear and apparel company provided 10,000 pairs of shoes to health-care worker from across the U.S. Health-care professionals who signed into Brooks’ website needed to enter their name, address, shoe size, and their employer’s name to receive a pair.             View this post on Instagram                     If you’re part of the…

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Bobby Portis and Julius Randle partner up with Hello Fresh to assist City Harvest feed the multitudes effected by COVID-19

From the Knicks team news: NEW YORK, NY (March 27, 2020) – New York Knicks teammates Julius Randle and Bobby Portis have joined forces with HelloFresh, the world’s leading meal-kit company, to donate $180,000 worth of meals to City Harvest, New York City’s private response to hunger and largest food rescue organization, to help feed New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables amid the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, Randle and Portis are each contributing $50,000 to support City Harvest’s operations, which will altogether help feed more than 370,000 New Yorkers in…

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New Balance Foundation Pledges $2 Million toward Coronavirus relief efforts

The New Balance Foundation has pledged two million dollars in an effort to help mitigate the negative effects that COVID-19 has had on various locales. Below is a release from the Foundation: BOSTON, MA – March 24, 2020 – Boston-based New Balance Foundation today announced it has committed $2 million in non-profit grants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support local, regional and global communities. “We firmly believe it is our civic duty to support our communities in need around the world,” said Anne Davis, managing trustee New Balance Foundation.  “As…

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Making a Difference: Sneaker drives donates over 100 pairs of sneakers to California school

A conversation resulted in some students at North Highlands California’s F.C. Joyce K-8 School getting some much needed shoes.. Danielle Jones , who is known as “Coach Buckets” was relaying a conversation she had regarding a student . Jones recalled, “I look at his feet, and he’s wearing slippers. He didn’t have sneakers. The story reached Tom Tran , who is a basketball director with the NorCal Dynasty AAU basketball program, who decided to get involved. A sneaker drive was organized and within a few days over 100 pairs of…

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