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It Starts With Shoes was formed by me in 2012 in San Diego, CA. Hello, my name is Tristan Malaer. I started this organization because I see the need for kids to have new shoes and new clothes. What do I do you may ask? Great question. Allow me to answer that. I provide new shoes and clothes for impoverished and homeless children in San Diego, CA. I want to gain enough support to be able to do this on a global level. I would also like to work on getting food, medicine, water, shelter and education for these kids as well, but that requires a good amount of money so it must come later. At any given time of the year, there are anywhere from 900,000 to 1.7 million homeless children in America. Imagine the health problems that are associated with the lack of shoes. There are so many children who have unnecessary bacterial and viral infections, not to mention compromised immune systems which can lead to asthma and other upper respiratory infections, and some of these problems are because they have no way to protect their feet. That is so sad. These kids have no one to stick up for them. They have no one that cares if they live or die in some cases. Most of them don't eat everyday and go a day or two with water even! I will be the voice of the children and YOU can help me! Join me and support my campaign and help me spread the word about this problem and about my website. It may be just a pair of shoes or a new shirt or some pants or even a donation that you give, but what the children get is belief. Belief that someone does care about them and someone is wanting to help them. It could even turn that child's life completely around. Who knows? I do know this is what I am supposed to be doing so I will do it. Thank you for your support. Together we can save lives and make millions of kids happy.