If you feed them, they will grow..

Apparently my daughter’s feet grew.  Overnight.  While she slept.

This morning she announced, “Mom, I can’t go to school.  My shoes don’t  fit.”

Me:  “You have lots of shoes.  TRY A DIFFERENT PAIR!”

Her:  “I did.  None of them fit.”

Hmmm.  They must have fit yesterday, because she went to school.  She wore shoes.  Why didn’t she tell me when they were just starting to feel snug?  I don’t know.  I guess she thought I would let her stay home, or perhaps go to school in flip flops, but no.  Not happening.

A couple pairs of shoes were just purchased in December, 5 or 6 weeks ago, and she had wiggle room.  They’ve barely been worn.

“Mom, when we get shoes, we need to get pants too.  Everything is short.”

Couldn’t this growth spurt have taken place before Christmas?  She could have gotten lots of clothes under the tree!

Oh well, we’ll be shopping this weekend, searching for bargains, because I have the ‘no money after the holidays’ blues.

But this is what we’ll do with our old shoes..

Sports Chalet is asking for people to donate your old shoes, (gently worn shoes), to those in need in Haiti. It’s so simple, just drop off your old shoes at the nearest Sport Chalet Store, which collects to the end of the month.

Tell your friends and the people in your neighborhood – help spread the word.

SOLES 4 SOULS program

For store locations nearest you call 1.888.9CHALET or go to www.sportchalet.com.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Have your kids outgrown their shoes?  Donating your gently worn shoes is a good way to help that doesn’t cost a lot, and a nice way for your kids to do something for the kids who’ve lost everything in the Haiti earthquake.

Off to scour the ads for sales…


24 Responses

  1. Good luck this weekend!

  2. What a great resource for donating shoes. Thanks!

  3. What a great cause! And I’m in the same boat with you on the clothes and shoes. You’d think they downed some Miracle Gro before they went to bed.

  4. donating shoes is a great way to help out.

    We don’t have this store here, but we donate ours (if they’re fit to donate) to Goodwill.

    I think Mags has had a bit of the same stuff your daughter has. Her pants are starting to look like flood waders and capris!

    • Isn’t it crazy how it happens? My oldest has worn the same size clothes and shoes for over a year and now, boom. Overnight she got bigger. At least it seems that way!

  5. I thought of Soles for Souls before I saw the bottom of your post. The students at my school are having a “show raiser” this week for Soles for Souls.

    • Wow, that is such a great idea! I love seeing kids getting involved like that. We received the info from my daughter’s Girl Scout leader and they are doing it as a troop service project. I have a feeling this is going to be a really successful thing for Sports Chalet.

  6. Maybe her shoes shrunk. My daughter’s $55 Twinkle Toe Sketchers that she wore three times shrunk with yesterday’s rain. Upon inspection, three pair have shrunk. Next year, I am buying rain boots.

    • WHOA! As you know, it’s been pouring for DAYS. Wow, I wonder if that’s what’s going on… I just thought she was ignoring the pinch of her shoes (and not telling me) until it got unbearable.. she actually has rain boots but is much too cool to wear them (ugh- 7th grade).

  7. One day her feet will stop growing and then you’ll completely forget that she needs new shoes. My oldest came to me a few years back and said “Mom, I need new shoes.” I said, “No way, you only got those…” “Three years ago.” was his reply. That was embarrassing!

  8. Look at that! What a great cause and thanks for posting it!

    Oh and LOL about the shoes… been there….

  9. A great way to make lemonade from lemons! I will help spread the word, maybe put that button on my own blog. 🙂

  10. Lisa…Great information! I give a lot of shoes away. I have a rule that I will not run in my running shoes no more than 500 miles then out the door. I have a different shoe for running on the road, on the treadmill and then a cross trainer for everything else at the gym. Right now I have a box of about 20 pairs that need a home. Have tons of wear left in them most look new.

    Oh by the way had a couple of friends on FB that are looking for book reviews for tween girl books so I directed them your way. Hope that was okay.

  11. We have had this same conversation in my house several times in the past few months. My kids seem to be growing like weeds right now, and nothing fits anymore. I also think that the information about the shoe drop off is very cool. I will have to see if I can gather some shoes up and hit a donation site. Thanks for this!

  12. My boys both went through a huge growth spurt a few weeks after school started. Of course it was after we’d already done all of our school shopping. Thanks for sharing the donation info!

  13. I’d love to donate shoes but we don’t have that store around here.

    Anyways, my eldest daughter (4) had a regular growth spurt practically overnight but not her feet.

  14. My girls’ school is doing the shoe drive, as well.

    Yes, they do grow overnight… I’ve witnessed it. Thank goodness that it slows down as soon as they “enter womanhood.”

    I hope you’re having a great weekend.


  15. This same thing happened two weeks ago in my house with my 12 year old son. I did not know about this shoe donation program. I will look into what is close to me right away. Thanks!

  16. Look at that! What a great cause and thanks for posting it!

    Oh and LOL about the shoes… been there….

  17. Look at that! What a great cause and thanks for posting it!

    Oh and LOL about the shoes

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