Teen Starts Sneaker Drive for Less Fortunate Classmates

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Teen sneaker driveA teen didn’t like seeing his classmate being bullied because of what kind of shoes he wore, so he did something about it.

Zaire Downs, 13, was inspired to start a sneaker drive after seeing a classmate of his being picked because of his shoes and has already collected
at least 50 pairs of Jordans, Adidas and Nikes, just in August alone.

“It’s this boy in my school who gets bullied because he doesn’t have nice shoes,” Zaire told WHAM 13. “I feel bad for some kids who can’t afford them,” he said.

Zaire’s mother, Tamara Leigh, is more than proud of her son, as she should be. “He’s so empathetic and compassionate,” she told the news. “He’s always been the kid who’d befriend the most popular kids and least popular kid.”

Zaire’s also started a GoFundMe to collect money so that he can purchase more shoes to donate. As it says in the page’s description, “he feels that every child should be able to start the school year with a new pair of sneakers. Many of his classmates get bullied because their sneakers are not new or fashionable. He says some kids don’t even come to school because of it.”

The account has currently raised over $1,600 toward his $5,000 goal.

Photo Credit: Tamara Leigh/Facebook