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    A Simple Gift Brings Joy and Hope to Carlos

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    Another amazing story, please read and share.

    It’s been our privilege to share the stories of some of the children we’ve met during our shoe distributions in the United States and all over the world this past year. Their transformational accounts of life before and after your gift of shoes embody the very essence of our work together—from risking injury and disease to staying healthy…from lack of opportunity to pursuing an education…from despair to hope. Thank you for making all these possible, one dollar and one shoe at a time.

    But there’s one more story we’d like to share with you. A tale much bigger than ourselves that captures all the elements of an epic novel. The villains. The heroes. An unwritten ending. And Carlos.

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    New Year’s Eve a few years back. Honduras. Like any typical young boy, Carlos looks forward to the year-end festivities in his neighborhood. He and more than half of the population live in extreme poverty, or on less than $2 a day, so there’s little pomp and circumstance. But what they lack in means is easily offset on this special night by a rich and lively spirit. And friendship, soccer and music. Lots of music.

    But Carlos’ spirit soon takes a fateful blow at the hands of his abusive father. His spirit and his brain, which sustained such massive damage after the violent beating as to leave him lying unconscious on a hospital bed for a month. And that’s where Carlos’ story begins a new and difficult chapter.

    In a country where there’re few resources to protect children like him, Carlos is sent back home to his parents for ongoing care. This care was to include liquefied food through a gastric tube and joint movements to keep his muscles from atrophying. Yet once again his family fails him, standing by until Carlos wastes away to skin-covered bones.

    Enter our first hero. Carlos’ teacher. Worried about his wellbeing, she reaches out for help. A care team goes to his home to offer assistance, but his mother refuses and his father is nowhere to be found (rumor has it he might have spent some time in jail). So the next time the team shows up, they do so with the police and forcibly remove Carlos.

    Enter our second hero (or rather heroes). Carlos’ incredible care team. The people who over the course of three years will bring him back to life. They do so joyfully and earnestly in modest quarters, a refuge of hope in a neighborhood infested by gang violence. They do so for little pay, earning their rewards in smiles from the children in their care. And most importantly, they do so with incredible love and dedication.

    And the fruits of their labor have been nothing short of a miracle. Gone are the tracheotomy, colostomy bag and gastric feeding tube. Today, Carlos enjoys mealtimes just as much as any other growing teenager and insists on doing so on his own. His once emaciated frame is now a fuller 95lbs and counting. And the aching weakness of starvation have slowly faded into laughter.

    But so much damage remains. Save some mobility on his left side, Carlos is paralyzed. He can’t utter a “thank you” to those who care for him. Or kick a soccer ball. Or dance to the music he loves so much.

    Yet through it all. The sorrow of a childhood lost. The pain of countless surgeries. The anguish of a body willing itself back to life. Through it all Carlos has prevailed, that rich and lively spirit of years past stronger than ever. The same spirit that will carry him through the next phase of his care, physical and speech therapy. Today, he’s working hard to regain more of that independence he so longs for: using the toilet, moving from his wheelchair to bed, writing with this left hand to communicate.

    December 2018. United States. You reflect on your support of our mission and wonder what Carlos’ story has to do with shoes. More than you can imagine.  

    We travel to Honduras several times per year to distribute the gift of shoes to children in need. And we visit Carlos’ new home often. Sometimes with shoes, sometimes with treats, always with play. And we’ve grown to love, yes love, Carlos, for he’s shown us how a simple pair of shoes can change a life.

    Enter our third hero. You, our committed donor. John F. Kennedy once said, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” Through your financial support, you’ve made an extraordinary difference for Carlos and so many children like him. Every dollar you’ve donated has meant one more pair of new shoes to a child in need. Together, we’ve distributed over 30 million pairs in 127 countries and all 50 U.S. states since 2006.

    You’ve created change with the very action behind your gift, a recognition that these children exist, that they matter, that you care. And that powerful acceptance breaks through in the laughter of a child waiting as our team unloads boxes of shoes; and in the grateful embrace of a mother relieved that her daughter can continue her education; and for Carlos, in the quiet smile that roars “thank you for seeing me.”

    This past June, a group of teenage volunteers joined you in “seeing” Carlos. It must have been their shared adolescence that drew them together and led them to venture past our team and out the door, wheelchair and all. With Carlos’ pointer finger as a guide, they made it to the corner shop. And there, a typical group of kids under not-so-typical circumstances shared an orange soda. “It’s undoubtedly the happiest I’ve ever seen someone,” recalls newfound friend Alec. “Then, I realized that if something as small as being out in the sun could make someone so happy, imagine what the shoes we are donating are doing.”

    Yes, imagine the change you’ve created through your gift of shoes. The child who gathers as our team prepares? They no longer endure the pain and discomfort of walking over rocks, dirt and trash; or risk disease from parasites in the soil. And the grateful mom? She no longer has to make the impossible decision of spending months’ worth of income on a pair of shoes or pull her daughter out of school all together. And so it is for Carlos.  

    On our most recent visit in October, we learned that Carlos’ physical therapy must now include consistent wearing of sturdy shoes to keep his feet straight and prevent them from further turning inward. So after a few visits including an impromptu party topped with ice cream and of course Carlos’ beloved music, the team returned with two pairs of shoes. The boots he liked, but his eyes really lit up at the sight of the tennis shoes. Boys will be boys!  

    New Year’s Eve 2018. Honduras. Now seventeen years old, Carlos will sit in his wheelchair and witness the end of another year. He won’t sing Auld Lang Syne, or light a firecracker, or dance like his heart so desires. But he’ll be safe, and loved, and beaming with the glow of an angel. And he’ll be grateful for your gifts—the gift of recognition, the gift of improving health—all wrapped up in a pair of shoes.

    Carlos’ story has many chapters yet to be written, as do the stories of countless other children. And this holiday season, you have the opportunity to create real and positive change in that narrative. Today, with a tax-deductible, year-end financial donation, you can provide a child like Carlos the hope for a happier ending filled with health, education and opportunity. Please give what you can. Give generously. Give to change a life. $1=1 pair for someone in need. For in the words of Walt Whitman, “The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”

    From our family to yours, and on behalf of Carlos and all the children whose lives you’ve transformed this year, may your own story be filled with happiness, health and joy in the coming year. And may the gifts you’ve shared with others through a simple pair of shoes come back to you tenfold.

    LuvArt Shoes: Art Inspired Footwear Company

    LuvArt Shoes: Art Inspired
    Footwear Company

    The newest shoe manufacturer redefining footwear industry

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    LuvArt Shoes is the new talk of the town. The art inspired Footwear Company has introduced a new line of footwear that is already causing a buzz in the market due to its classic design.
       The new company is redefining the shoe industry from its uniqueness in both footwear designing and their mission. This is not just another footwear company in town but an art-inspired footwear company with a mission to give back to the community.

    How They Started

    LuvArt Shoes was started by passionate philanthropist Elliott Aaron From together with his partner Tricia Schwaba. Elliot has been working with over 350 Non-Profits for the past 11 years helping people in need.

    Funding and Launch

    So far, he has raised over $3.75 million for non-profits by selling his paintings and other artistic works for charity. All this money has been used in helping the needy and less privileged in the United States and third world countries.
       The launch of LuvArt Shoes Company is expected to help advance this course by reaching more people through the new line of footwear. Shoes are almost like a fundamental need in the modern world, and thus it is an item that will reach the larger privileged population across the world and get them in charitable work indirectly.

    Raising Awareness

    Through this initiative, he is also expecting to raise awareness among the free societies that there are people in the world who need help. He also aims at helping people understand what they may deem little could make a huge difference in the life of someone in a third world country.

    Collaboration With Non-Profit

    LuvArt Shoes will be collaborating with, a leading non-profit organization, which they worked in other campaigns such as Women4Women. Just like Elliott, is also dedicated to creating sustainable jobs in third world countries through the distribution of clothes and shoes.
       The company has adopted a model that will help people participate in charity course. With this model, everyone who buys sneaker or any style of the available LuvArt Shoes have already been put in place. If you purchase a new shoe from LuvArt Shoe, you will have to donate an old gently or new shoe for It will be that easy.
       Apart from being exclusively a charity company, LuvArt Shoes’ line of footwear is designed and constructed to inspire the next-generation of shoes. Benefiting from the artistic prowess of Elliot and his partner Tricia, they have created a classic and unrivaled line of shoes.

    The Different Styles

    The footwear comes in a variety of incredible colorways for buyers to choose from. However, the astounding combination of hue is one of the many elements that make these shoes stand out.
       Whether you want LGBT colorway, they have plenty for you to pick from. It is a line of footwear defines the artistic fineness of Elliot and Tricia. Have you seen their flip-flops colorway? Well, you will be impressed by the range of available options.
       Apart from the colorway, this line of footwear is constructed from high-quality materials, and thus you will definitely bang for the buck. The upper is constructed from lightweight canvas while the hightop iterations come with a faux leather toe cap.
       That makes the shoe quite flexible and comfortable to wear. The outsole is made from premium quality rubber outsole that offers durable traction. The sole provides incredible traction even on slippery surfaces.
       Other highlights about LuvArt Shoes’ footwear include the lace-up closure for all high tops and some casual editions. Both hightop and casual styles are designed with a breathable lining to keep inside of the shoe fresh and cool even on hot summer days.
       The soft removable insole provides a perfect condition for your foot in any weather condition. You can also buy for the entire family since they have shoes for men, women, and kids.
       There is no doubt that LuvArt Shoes will be a big deal this in the footwear industry. As an art-inspired footwear company, they have the kind of shoes that you need to look cool this summer.
       This is not just a pair of shoes but will be a charity course that will inspire and help needy people across the world. This is a course we should support and it’s worth spending money on.

    Inspiring People—LuvArt Shoes

    Art has various forms and has been used historically to express emotions creatively in the form of music theatre etc. It also identifies the uniqueness of any culture. Artists transform their feelings and passion onto the canvas. The transformation of those ideas onto canvas by artists to express their feelings speaks volumes about how innovative humans can be. In addition, to have that variety and uniqueness in each of the creation requires so much creativity and nothing on earth is more creative than nature itself.

    LuvArt Shoes Art Inspired Footwear Create Inspire GiveAt LuvArt Shoes, the canvas I use are the shoes. Strange right! But I want people to walk around the globe with the artwork ensemble on their shoes flaunting the creativity of nature displayed through various combinations and a mixture of primary colors-red, yellow, blue, black and white. I try to pick out the perfect combination and amount of basic colors to achieve the eye-catching combination to convince the audience to exhibit their love for art. Through the gradient of colors, that match your daily needs as well as the major percentage of your wardrobe collection LuvArt Shoes tries to speak for your personality and moods as well. The passion to provide what you may really need ultimately comes from nature, as it is the case for the other artists. Nature works in a co-dependent way to maintain its uniqueness.  LuvArt stylishly and passionately displays that uniqueness through the artwork it presents.

    Also, to understand the co-dependence, passion cannot just be limited within a boundary. Passion has to grow and have some purpose, then it must spread via some means.  So, just like you come to view our artwork to match your needs, there are others out there on streets, in charity homes and maybe next door trying to reach out to you and for you to understand their needs. LuvArt Shoes expects you to realize their needs and help the LuvArt team in reaching out to them for you. Help us in making the slightest difference in the world, if possible, by contributing in our donation efforts from time to time and sharing your ideas. Help us in growing our passion with your donations.