1 in 5 children lives in poverty

Shoes are one of the most visible signs of poverty. The simple gift of new athletic shoes can be a new lease on life for a child in need.

The Arlington-Mansfield YMCA is tackling one of the most visible signs of poverty in North Texas by giving children in need new athletic shoes so that they can attend school with dignity, joy, and also prepare them to learn, play, and thrive.


During the month of July, we will be accepting shoe donations for the Arlington-Mansfield Area school districts. This is an opportunity for our members to help give back and bring a smile to a child’s face this upcoming school year.

A new pair of shoes can be a life-changing event for a child:

SMALL INVESTMENT, BIG IMPACT. For just the cost of a new pair of shoes, you can change how a child feels, inside and out, every day.
NEW SHOES FEEL SPECIAL. Having a cool new pair of shoes just for them makes kids feel valued and every kid deserves that feeling.
EMOTIONAL WELLNESS. Increases school attendance, self-esteem, and good behavior.
Good footwear is essential for kids to participate in after-school sports and to have fun at recess.
HAPPIER FEET MEANS HAPPIER KID. Having good footwear reduces stress, prevents injuries, and improves mood.

All from an often over-looked item—a good pair of shoes.


We are asking our members to donate NEW children shoes.
Sizes: 11- 6
Dates: July 1st – July 29th

Please drop off your shoe donation in the lobby at your local branch.

CENTRAL YMCA – 2200 S Davis Dr, Arlington, TX 76013
COOPER STREET YMCA – 7120 S Cooper St, Arlington, TX 76001
MANSFIELD YMCA – 2240 Matlock Rd Suite 102, Mansfield, TX 76063
NORTH YMCA – 1005 Skyline Dr, Arlington, TX 76011




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