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A Teen Donated More Than $30,000 Worth of Shoes to Children in Need

22 November 2016

Boy Buys 400 Pairs of Nikes Using his Bar Mitzvah Money to Donate Them

When talking about good deeds there is no way you could rule out that this boy buys 400 pairs of Nikes using his Bar Mitzvah money to donate them.

He is a perfect example that teenagers don’t always think about spending all of their money for toys and candies. He thought about doing some good in the world and using his Bar Mitzvah money he bought 400 pairs of Nikes just to donate them.

Not many kids think about making a difference for hundreds of children, but there are some exceptions, like Drew who carried out his dream of giving running shoes to kids in need.

So he started “Drew’s Sneakers Giveway” in May this year at his Bar Mitzvah, the traditional coming of age celebration that marks a child’s entry into Jewish adulthood.

“When I was thinking of an idea to work on for my bar mitzvah, I wanted to do a project that was involved with something I enjoyed and liked a lot – and I have a passion for sneakers.”

“So I decided to raise money to buy sneakers for kids who are less fortunate than me,” says Drew.

Boy Buys 400 Pairs of Nikes Using his Bar Mitzvah Money to Donate Them
Boy Buys 400 Pairs of Nikes Using his Bar Mitzvah Money to Donate Them

“I’m giving sneakers to these kids who may not otherwise have these sneakers,” Drew Frank explained to the El Paso Times. “I wanted to give back to these kids who are less fortunate than me.”

On a Monday at Beall Elementary School, the Bar Mizvah party featured a sneakers theme, with colorful shoe centerpieces and real basketball shoes encased in an ice sculpture.

Boy Buys 400 Pairs of Nikes Using his Bar Mitzvah Money to Donate Them
Boy Buys 400 Pairs of Nikes Using his Bar Mitzvah Money to Donate Them

The event slogan and hashtag, #Just Drew It, was a fun take on Nike’s popular slogan, “Just do it.”

Supporting Drew with his project are his proud parents, Dana and Adam Frank, and his two younger brothers, Jamie, 12, and Lane, 8.

“Dana is the daughter of well-known philanthropists Stanlee and Gerald Rubin; Adam is president of one of El Paso’s largest commercial real estate development firms, River Oaks Properties.”

Boy Buys 400 Pairs of Nikes Using his Bar Mitzvah Money to Donate Them
Boy Buys 400 Pairs of Nikes Using his Bar Mitzvah Money to Donate Them

Drew, who has been on crutches after his most recent surgery to correct a congenital foot problem, knows his sneakers. “I’ve always liked sneakers, especially basketball shoes, since I was young,” Drew says. “Then I became interested in other kinds of sneakers and wearing shoes in different styles.”

Boy Buys 400 Pairs of Nikes Using his Bar Mitzvah Money to Donate Them
Boy Buys 400 Pairs of Nikes Using his Bar Mitzvah Money to Donate Them

“You could say he is an avid collector,” adds his father. New models of shoes come out all the time and popular sneaker brands are a big part of street culture fashion trends.

Instead of asking for presents, Drew asked for donations in money and he managed to raise $30,000. The amount of money he raised was enough to buy nice Nikes and new socks for the entire school, full of children, plus some for almost 70 kids at the Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home.

Boy Buys 400 Pairs of Nikes Using his Bar Mitzvah Money to Donate Them
Boy Buys 400 Pairs of Nikes Using his Bar Mitzvah Money to Donate Them

 “We always try to instill the importance of giving back to the community through volunteering and generosity,” says Dana, an active volunteer who serves on the board of the local Make a Wish Foundation. “The boys have helped out a lot.”

And so, the kid is another example that there is also good in this world, not everything is bad and grey. Now you can get inspired by the kid who bought 400 pairs of Nikes to donate them and make good deeds yourself.

What do you say? Do you want to give it a try?