Zaire's Back 2 School Sneaker Drive

$2,630 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 44 people in 7 months
Tamara Leigh  ROCHESTER, NY
Zaire Downs is a 12yr old youth activist from Rochester, NY. After watching the news coverage of racism, police brutality and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, he decided to plan a March called #CanILive? to give other youth a voice in these very scary and turbulent times. On July 10th he and a group of youth marched from Liberty Pole to City Hall where the youth paused fists raised as Common's Glory played in the background. As Zaire's next project he is organizing a sneaker drive. He feels that every child should be able to start the school year with a new pair of sneakers. Many of his classmates get bullied because their sneakers are not new or fashionable. He says some kids don't even come to school because of it. So from Aug 3rd to August 20th he is collecting all sizes of boys and girls new and VERY slightly worn sneakers to be distributed to youth in need as they start the 2016-2017 school year Thank You!!!!!!!!
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Update 4
Posted by Tamara Leigh
6 months ago
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If you have a child to nominate for sneakers please email canilivesquad@yahoo.com with the child's name, age, sex, shoe size and why they are in need. Thank you,
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Update 3
Posted by Tamara Leigh
7 months ago
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1st donation
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Update 2
Posted by Tamara Leigh
7 months ago
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1st donation!!
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Update 1
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7 months ago
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Drive starts now!!!!
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Steph Gmoney Monk-george
6 months ago
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I have an RCSD student going into 9th grade who could really use the sneakers...how do we link up to the funding? Also, THANK YOU!!! Great idea! ❤️

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Brav Brav
6 months ago

Nice work! Visit Brav.org for more information on online conflict management to bring to your school!

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Lisa Case Travers
7 months ago

This is the kind of story that should be all over the news, good luck :)

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Debbie Barkley
7 months ago

Zaire, what you are doing is so wonderful. You are a very special young man, caring for children that are unable to get their own sneakers. And the children getting bullied, they have a good friend in you. I, on behalf of the city of Rochester, would like to thank you so much for what you've done. I wish that the media would have publicized this when you first started doing the sneaker drive and even more so, the gofund me account. I'd bet you would have raised more money, as well as more sneakers.

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$2,630 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 44 people in 7 months
Created July 30, 2016
DH
$10
Donna Hull
6 months ago
BU
$30
Bill Uhlfelder
6 months ago

Good for you!

KW
$100
Kevin Wylie
6 months ago
ES
$100
Eris Santos
6 months ago

You are an awesome fine young man. Keep up the good work. I look forward to your next campaign. Thank you!

MB
$20
Mike Busch
6 months ago

Be Big Zaire, Be a Builder!! Good job!

LM
$50
Lori M
6 months ago

You are a very special young man. So nice to read your story when the news is filled with sad ones. Good luck giving out your shoes!

HG
$25
Heather Greenidge
6 months ago
VC
$50
Van Cov
6 months ago

This is only the beginning of your future. Continue to help children as you are lead to do so. I wish you nothing but the best!!

$25
Anonymous
6 months ago
$60
Anonymous
6 months ago
Steph Gmoney Monk-george
6 months ago
1
1

I have an RCSD student going into 9th grade who could really use the sneakers...how do we link up to the funding? Also, THANK YOU!!! Great idea! ❤️

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Brav Brav
6 months ago

Nice work! Visit Brav.org for more information on online conflict management to bring to your school!

+ Read More
Lisa Case Travers
7 months ago

This is the kind of story that should be all over the news, good luck :)

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Debbie Barkley
7 months ago

Zaire, what you are doing is so wonderful. You are a very special young man, caring for children that are unable to get their own sneakers. And the children getting bullied, they have a good friend in you. I, on behalf of the city of Rochester, would like to thank you so much for what you've done. I wish that the media would have publicized this when you first started doing the sneaker drive and even more so, the gofund me account. I'd bet you would have raised more money, as well as more sneakers.

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