1.Can you tell us more about yourself and Fleet Feet?
My name is Bree O’Connell, I am a Wichita native, and I am the Operation Partner for two Fleet Feet locations in Wichita. I oversee community partnerships, including business development and community engagement.
Fleet Feet’s biggest goal is to help the community, especially with healthy lifestyles and quality shoes. At the end of the day, everyone deserves to be comfortable and that starts with really good shoes. Fleet feet is very invested in its customers and their communities. From helping a child who needs a good shoe for school to donating to homeless shelters, Fleet Feet really cares about giving people their life back, and the beginning of that process could be a new shoe.
2. How did Fleet Feet get involved with HumanKind Ministries?
We were originally looking to create a relationship with a local organization that could use donated shoes and found HK. We have been partnering for almost two years now and it is great to rally the community together to give shoes to the people that need it the most.
3. Can you walk us through the process of how shoes end up at our shelters?
There are specific brand partners that allow us to donate shoes that are not sellable, like shoes that have been returned. These shoes are in great condition and we are able to donate these like-new shoes to those in need. We donate roughly 250 shoes each quarter to HK.
4. What other ways does Fleet Feet give back to the community?
We also partner with the Genesis Foundation to work with providing shoes for students at high schools in our community that do not have access to good shoes. We will go into schools to fit students for their correct size and give them a pair that best suits them.
We also partner with Girls on the Run—helping find running partners for the girls and encouraging the girls and their partners. We also donate other items of need to organizations in the community, such as sports bras or athletic clothing.
5. Is there anything else you want us to know?
We love partnering with organizations making a difference in our community, and HK certainly does just that.