Events, Las Vegas, Rescue Missions, Vegas

Something To Believe In…..

No Comments 17 December 2010

I drive by the homeless sleeping on a cold dark street
Like bodies in an open grave
Underneath the broken old neon sign
That used to read JESUS SAVES

A mile away live the rich folks
And I see how they’re living it up
While the poor they eat from hand to mouth
The rich drinkin’ from a golden cup

And it just makes me wonder
Why so many lose, and so few win

Song: Something To Believe In

Artist: Poison

When this song came out in 1990 I was 2 years out of high school.  Seems like only yesterday.  From the time I was 16 and could drive, my best friend and I would make sack lunches and take them to all the homeless people who congregated around City Hall in Santa Ana, Ca. and spend time talking with them listening to their stories.  My best friend, who I have known since 5th grade and still hang with today, played the guitar ever since I can remember and learned to play this song.  To us it meant something. Still does.

Fast forward to present day. I now operate a public charity that strives to help those in need, only rather than giving away sack lunches we give away shoes.  I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to work with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and attend a great number of their events where we collect shoes from all the runners and then donate them to a local rescue mission in the city where the race is held.  Two weeks ago we attended the Zappos Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & 1/2 where the man himself, Bret Michaels, sang this song.  To be standing there hearing this song live while we collected shoes for the homeless was beyond incredible.  Then to top it off I had the opportunity to meet Bret after the show.  While the meeting was brief, due to the line of waiting fans, mostly women of course, it was one I won’t soon forget.  He was extremely nice and very receptive to what we are doing. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take him up on his offer of being the recipient of shoes he gets from a relationship he has with a major footwear company, as well as catching another show down the road.

Thanks Bret for giving me and millions of other fans Something To Believe In!

Rockin with Bret Michaels

…And give me something to believe in
If there’s a Lord above
And give me something to believe in
Oh, Lord arise

The pure joy of giving

Events, Vegas

The pure joy of giving

No Comments 16 December 2009


‘Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.’ Psalm 63:7

From the look on this little girls face I believe there was some singing going on and joy being felt. The joy of giving not only brings joy to the recipient but also to the one doing the giving. This picture proves it.

This little girl walked up to our booth on Saturday at the Kids Rock Las Vegas presented by McDonalds of greater Las Vegas and could not have been more excited to give her shoes. She could not stop smiling as I talked with her. Being a parent myself I could tell from looking into the eyes of her mother, she could not have been any more proud.

The kids having a great time.

The kids having a great time.

Even though the morning was really cold, the kids who attended had warm hearts and donated 120 pairs of shoes that all went to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. As we stood around cheering the kids on in our coats and blankets I knew across town outside the mission people lined the street hoping to get in for warmth. Many will, many won’t. Either way, there are those who will go to sleep cold and wake up cold. There are those who will go to sleep hungry and wake up hungry. There are those who will go to sleep lonely and wake up lonely. It’s one thing to go to sleep, it’s another to go to “bed”.

I encourage you to follow in the footsteps of this little girl this December and go to your local shelter and donate blankets, shoes, socks, jackets, and anything you would want if it were you out in the cold.

And remember, the joy is in the giving.

Next Stop, Vegas!

Events, Vegas

Next Stop, Vegas!

No Comments 05 November 2009

Kids Rock Las Vegas presented by McDonalds of Greater Las VegasGive Your Sole is excited to have the opportunity to be attending another great event put on by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series and Competitor Group. On Saturday December 5th 2009, Give Your Sole will be at the Kids Rock Las Vegas presented by McDonalds of Greater Las Vegas event to collect moderately worn tennis shoes, running shoes and sneakers not only from the kids but the parents and spectators as well. Mens, women’s and children’s shoes will be accepted. This promises to be a day filled with fun for the whole family.  Not only will this event motivate children to live a healthy lifestyle but also learn about giving back to their community.  Join us Saturday as we collect shoes from 8am until 11am at the UNLV Track Facility. All the shoes that get collected will be donated to those less fortunate at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.

So wether you are running the full marathon or half marathon on Sunday the 6th make sure to get by the UNLV Track Facility on Saturday and cheer on the kids and donate all your old running shoes. Hope to see you there!


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