Shawn Esmaili selling shoes for charity -- final weekend of pop-up store
Posted June 22
As part Shawn Esmaili’s goal to build a medical clinic in Haiti, he has opened a pop-up store in Los Altos, where customers can buy new Puma, Converse or Adidas sneakers at a discount, and all proceeds will go toward the Haiti project.
Shawn, who will be a senior at Saint Francis, has long been interested in helping needy children. His organization Youth Against Poverty aims to connect young people to resources and groups that bring hope to others so that they themselves can get involved.
Shawn was moved to raise funds to build a medical facility when he visited Haiti last year. When he saw that patients fare worse in hospitals than they do at home, he was compelled to do something. To that end, he contacted major shoe companies like Converse, Puma, Adidas, Saucony and Asics and asked them to donate shoes, and they have responded. These companies have donated more than 2,000 pairs of shoes and articles of clothing that are available at Shawn’s pop-up store, located at 170 State Street, Los Altos. The store’s final day is June 24.
For more information on Shawn and Youth Against Poverty, visit his website.