New shoes not only provide the perfect fit for a child, but they also instantly increase a child's self-esteem. To date, Nicolas has purchased 5,000 pairs of shoes for homeless kids by collecting donations worth $200,000.
Although the 501(c)(3) non-profit charity was initially established as a simple community service project for his Bar Mitzvah in November 2010, Nicholas has continued his selfless service. Shelters around the United States send him footwear orders with specific shoe sizes and Nicholas collects and hand delivers packages to the kids in RI and MA, and sends the rest to needy families as far away as Texas.
"I decided to give shoes because shoes take you places," said Nicholas. "You can't really go somewhere without shoes... and clothing is something people regularly donate to shelters."
All these young philanthropists from the U.S. and Canada realize that kids can impact their community in a major way. The Good News Network will feature many of these Heroes over the next das on our Great Kids page.