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Real Shoe People. Real Shoe Stories.

Over the years, we have impacted the lives of thousands of footwear employees, scholars, donors, and leaders in the footwear industry; each one of them has a story to tell. We invite you to tell us how Two Ten has impacted your life.


Chloe – Real People. Real Stories.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A loving daughter, conscientious student, and good natured child, Chloe was the picture of health. But after complaining of blurred vision, a trip to the doctor resulted in a devastating, life changing prognosis. Chloe, then just eight years old, was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor and needed life-saving surgery right away. For over … Read More

“Everything around me was sinking.”

Monday, October 19, 2015

Darlene’s* 22 year old daughter lived in a ground level apartment that was quickly filling with water. She was alone and desperate for a way out as the torrential rains continued to pound South Carolina. “Nobody was prepared for what we experienced,” said Darlene, “I had to get her out of there.” An hour later, … Read More

I’m the first in my family to attend college

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

My mother didn’t have the opportunity to attend college. Now with my parents’ support and the help of a Two Ten scholarship, I can pursue my dreams to help people as a public health practitioner. When I was young, I used to tell my mother how successful I wanted to be in the future. She … Read More

We lost everything, but Two Ten restored our hope.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Nearly 8,000 miles away from our Boston office, Typhoon Soudelor raked Saipan (in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), leaving many of its 55,000 residents without water and electricity. Rose, a pregnant 37-year-old footwear sales associate, and her family of five were among those left in the ruins. At the height of the … Read More

It’s either the car or the house.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

We often receive letters from the many shoe people we work with each year.  Courtney received financial assistance from Two Ten a few months ago, and was kind enough to share her story. ___ “Two Ten changed my life in many ways. When my life was at its lowest as a single mother with mounting … Read More

One Thing After Another

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Karen* received financial assistance from Two Ten a few months ago, and was kind enough to share her story. “We were facing a financial disaster. Soon after my husband learned he would need expensive surgery that would keep him out of work for months, our mortgage payments went through the roof. There was no way … Read More

Real Shoe People. Real Shoe Stories. – Frannie

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Frannie* and her family were literally five days away from eviction. She was expecting a baby and her husband, in desperate need of back surgery, could no longer work. She  didn’t know how they were going to make ends meet. Thankfully, a co-worker shared a story with Frannie about how Two Ten had helped her … Read More

In just four minutes, we lost everything.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

My husband smelled the smoke first and moved quickly through the house to identify the source. Moments later, our floors and walls were engulfed in flames in what’s called a flash fire. While we both made it out of the house safely, I realized that our two cats were still inside. Without thinking, I ran … Read More

Real Shoe People. Real Shoe Stories. – Video

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The unexpected happens to everyone —at some point in their lives. When it does, Two Ten is there to help shoepeople, compassionately, confidentially and with speed. Chris, Christine and David are just three of the thousands of people that Two Ten provides assistance to each year. If you know of anyone who is struggling and … Read More

Real Shoe People. Real Shoe Stories. – Christine

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

“I couldn’’t comprehend the loss,” said Christine Cruz, a Purchase Order Writer for Eastman Footwear Group whose life was turned upside-down last year when a fire ripped through her NYC apartment building, leaving her family homeless and in desperate need of help. Everything was going great for Christine as she settled into her fifth year in … Read More