We are happy to announce that Ms. Kristyn Ungerer of Lake Mathews Elementary has now topped 2,000 shoes donated to Steppin’ On Up.
Yes, that is her new total of shoes donated: over 2,100 pairs.
Steppin' On Up is a unique charity that has as it's "sole" purpose (pun intended), to provide shoes to those who are truly in need.
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"Everyone Deserves Happy Feet!"
Press-Enterprise, January 12, 2013:
Elementary schools help get footwear to needy
Lake Matthews Elementary, encouraged by Kristyn Ungerer, is the latest in
a string of local schools, parks, and businesses to work in support of
Steppin’ On Up, a non-profit organization that provides shoes and footwear
to people who need them.
Ungerer, a first-grade teacher at Lake Matthews, has led her school in an ongoing collection, which to date has yielded nearly 400 pair of shoes and socks for the organization. And she personally has given more than 200 pairs of socks.
But she hasn’t stopped there.
Ungerer also has contacted five other schools asking them to become involved: Kennedy, Alcott, Woodcrest, Hawthorne, and Emerson. She said she felt called, as many do, out of her own experiences of having to make a choice between food and other necessities in life, such as shoes.
Steppin’ On Up’s founder and several board members also had to face
similar life choices, motivating them to help people who are in need so that
no one has to go through what they endured.
Steppin’ On Up is actively seeking new volunteers and board members.
Current staff/board are Henry Funderburk, Janet Funderburk, Edwin
Martinez, April Martin, Diana Blas and John Anderson.
Volunteers are needed to place boxes at collection sites, pick up donations,
clean, sort, and distribute, as well as develop and work on future
Steppin’ On Up focuses its service on the Inland area. All donations are
applied 100 percent to supplying shoes for those in need as there is little
overhead. They supply drop boxes for donations at various locations, and
boxes are emptied weekly or more. All shoe donations are put through a
rigid sanitation process and maintained in a donated storage facility until
they are gifted.
Some of the other organizations that have been served include SafeHouse,
Project Food at First Congregational Church, Come As You Are Ministries,
C.A.R.E., and Goodwill.
The group is seeking donations of money, shoes (new or nearly new),
socks, cleaning supplies, and purses. They also want to hear from any
groups or organizations they might be able to help with their service.
Steppin’ On Up contact information: Henry Funderburk,