project: Heart and Sole

project AVA is dedicated to brightening the lives of economically at-risk children and families. We continuously work hand in hand with schools and other non profit organizations to help bridge funding and resource gaps for programs and services that benefit children in need. After a recent discussion with the Edwardsville School District 7, we are proud to present project: Heart and Sole.


When it comes to shoes, most school aged children have common concerns: How many pairs do I have? What brand are they? Which pair matches my outfit best? There are; unfortunately, children who have deeper concerns: How much longer will my shoes fit if I crunch my toes in a little more? Will my sole finally give way at recess today? Will I get made fun of?

The project:
project: Heart and Sole will fund 60 pairs of new shoes for the Edwardsville School District 7. These shoes will be distributed by the schools to children in need at any of the 14 schools in the district, including pre-K programs. Our goal is that the recipients of these shoes will go to school in comfort and pride, allowing them to focus on their education instead of their circumstances.

Ways you can help:
You can support this, and future projects, in one of two ways:
1. Make a monetary donation for the purchase of gift cards for shoes. Monetary donations are ALWAYS appreciated and are the backbone of our existence. Use the link below to make a donation.
2. Donate new socks (child through youth size) at any of the locations below until March 24th. Amazonsmile is also a great and easy way to support project AVA as a portion of your purchase is donated back to us! Just select us as your supporting charity! Socks can be mailed to either of the two locations below.

Jennifer Ladd’s AllState Office
 1021 Century Dr Edwardsville, IL
Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30am-5:30pm
Friday 9am-5pm

Afterwords Books
441 E. Vandalia St. Edwardsville, IL
Tues-Thurs 10am-5pm
Friday 10am-7pm
Saturday 10am-3pm

Donations can also be brought to the Hamel Area Jaycees’ Glo Bingo fundraising event on March 24th from 6pm – 11pm.
Edwardsville American Legion Post #199
58 S State Route 157, Edwardsville, IL

We’d like to thank the Hamel Area Jaycees for their support and involvement with project AVA!

Click the button below to support this, and other project AVA projects supporting at-risk children and families.

*project AVA is a not-for-profit organization and holds the 501(c)3 designation. Please check with your tax professional to determine how your contribution may be tax deductible.