Stride Rite Supports Soles4Souls

Gail Kennedy is a force to be reckoned with! Gail, who happens to be the owner of eleven “Gail’s Stride Rite” stores, was an enthusiastic host as we visited her stores. She had shopping carts turned over to reserve our parking space. When she saw the RV arrive, she flipped those carts over as if she were Super Woman. Gail and her husband Joe have been long-time supporters of the shoe charity, Soles4Souls. In fact, Joe went to a woman’s house because she was overwhelmed by the shoes from her church shoe drive. He loaded up the shoes, packed and paid for the shipping, just so Soles4Souls would receive the shoes.

We loved watching Gail and her staff interact with the customers. Everyone that walked through the door was greeted like long time friends. Frank, manager of the Long Island store, even gave hugs and kisses to regular customers. They don’t teach that in customer service classes! Several mothers had their children personally donate their used shoes as a practical lesson in volunteering. Thanks Gail and staff for all your help in supporting Soles4Souls!

Gail (on horse!) and staff from Port Washington store

Gail (on horse!) and staff from Port Washington store

Young shoe donors from Stride Rite in Darien Connecticut

Young shoe donors from Stride Rite in Darien Connecticut

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