The mission of The Susie Reizod Foundation is to provide new shoes to children in need. During the past year, we expanded our services to include a variety of programs, including educational support such as new backpacks and new shoes for school-aged children in need, provision of other school supplies, and financial support for special projects.

We serve boys and girls in need, aged newborn to 18 years old, who reside in poor urban and rural areas of the United States and developing countries, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, language, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

Internationally, we choose geographic areas that have been devastated by natural and man-made disasters (e.g., typhoon, hurricane, tornado, drought, earthquake, flood, war, bombing, ethnic cleansing, genocide, or dire poverty). The children targeted by our shoe donation project are witness to family death, low literacy, relocation, malnutrition, and HIV disease. Many of them are refugees. Many of them are AIDS orphans. Many of them are functioning at poor academic levels. They need shoes for school and play. Many of them have no shoes, have holes in their shoes, wear sandals (even in cold weather), use rags to wrap their feet, or walk barefoot.

Within the United States, we target communities with low-income populations that are hardest hit by economic crises. Many of the families are unemployed or under-employed. Their wages have not kept up with the increase in the cost of health care, food, transportation, housing and utilities. In addition, many of the families are still recovering from the devastating impact of several tropical storms and severe winters. The families find it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to provide decent shoes and other school items for their children. They count on The Susie Reizod Foundation for help.

Since October 19, 2002, when we received our 501c3, we have donated more than $990,000 (wholesale price or manufacturer’s cost) worth of new shoes (and, in special cases, new backpacks, school supplies, and other financial support) to 52,000 children in need in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley, Lower Manhattan, Central and East Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Rochester, Columbia, Greene, Rockland and Putnam Counties; Massachusetts; Appalachia; Gulf Coast (Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama); rural areas of Georgia, South Carolina and Florida; rural areas of Albuquerque New Mexico; Moore, OK; Las Vegas NV; San Diego and Central Valley, CA; New Hampshire; Vermont; Newark NJ; MonmouthCounty NJ; Southern Indiana; Canada; Ecuador; Nicaragua; India (including Tsunami victims); Haiti; South Africa; Grenada; Angola; Kashmir; Tanzania; Afghanistan; Colombia; Dominican Republic (including children in the bateyes); China (Tibet, Malipo and Jinping); Ethiopia; Pakistan; Nigeria; Sudan; Somalia; Indonesia; Jamaica; Panama; Sénégal; Malawi; Mali; and Bangladesh. We donated new shoes to children impacted by tornadoes in the Midwest, floods in Vermont, the BP oil spill, Hurricanes Katrina, Irene, Isaac, Sandy, Harvey, Irma, and Maria. We donated funds for vulnerable girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Malawi, in addition to new shoes, we donated funds for school desks and an income-generating theatre-size popcorn machine. We financed small business loans for men and women entrepreneurs in St. Louis, Sénégal. We supported All Star Code which provides young men of color the skills, networks and mindsets they need to succeed in technology.

During 2018, we will continue to serve children in need in the United States and developing countries.

We hope that you will help us by sending a donation to: The Susie Reizod Foundation, P.O. Box 816, New Paltz, NY 12561; (845) 255-9708. Your donation is tax deductible under IRS tax code.

Cynthia E. Dozier