March 20, 2020: Zadig & Voltaire have decided to join the fight against the coronavirus in France. The French brand will be donating 20% of its online sales from its newest collection to the Foundation Hospitals of Paris – Hospitals of France. “France is the country that welcomed me over 20 years ago, and I owe her my support,” explained Cecilia Bönström, the brand’s creative director, in a press release. “We believe it is vitally important to support the work of the Foundation for Hospitals of Paris and of France, which gives real, practical help to all healthcare professionals in their day-to-day wor and in fulfilling their missions. Today more than ever, we must show mutual care and support.”
March 19, 2020: Kenneth Cole has announced that 20% of its net sales from kennethcole.com will be donated to COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which was launched by the World Health Organization and is being managed by the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation. According to the company, the donations will be used to support those severely affected by the coronavirus from providing patients health-care access and supplies for frontline workers to helping accelerate the development of vaccines, tests and treatments.
March 19, 2020: Under Armour announced today that it would donate $2 million to support people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Feeding America will receive a donation of $1 million to support hunger relief efforts related to school closures and quarantines. Additionally, the athletic powerhouse is donating $1 million to Good Sports, a nonprofit organization that provides equipment, apparel and footwear to kids who are most in need to encourage physical activity.
March 18, 2020: Two Ten Footwear Foundation is continuing its ongoing efforts to help industry members in need of assistance during the coronavirus crisis. Services such as financial assistance, counseling and information and referral services are available for eligible industry employees. Those interested can apply online at twoten.org. The group is also accepting monetary donations online.
March 18, 2020: Nike has pledged over $15 million to fight the coronavirus — including $10 million in contributions from Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman emeritus; Mark Parker, former CEO and current executive chairman of the board; and John Donahue, the firm’s new president and CEO. The executives and their families are donating $1 million to the Oregon Food Bank, $2 million to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund and $7 million to Oregon Health & Science University. The Nike Foundation, meanwhile, is contributing $1 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and $1.1 million to support community partners across Europe, Middle East and Africa through the King Baudouin Foundation. On its domestic turf, it will donate $250,000 to the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis, $250,000 to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ COVID-19 Regional Response Fund and $500,000 to the Boston Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, as well as $1 million to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund in its home state.
March 17, 2020: Moncler made a major contribution to the coronavirus fight. The brand donated 10 million euros ($10.9 million) towards a new hospital that is being built to handle COVID-19 patients in Milan. In collaboration with the Lombardy region of Italy, the Fondazione Fiera Milano plans to have the 270,000 square-foot hospital space with over 400 intensive care units ready within the next two weeks.
March 17, 2020: Ciara and Russell Willson are supporting locals in Seattle by donating one million meals to the Seattle Food Lifeline. The food bank provides meals to those in need with growing numbers due to unemployment and limited options in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
March 17, 2020: StockX announced via its website that it is donating $20,000 to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which it said will help food banks throughout the country serve the most vulnerable members of the community. Aside from the donation, StockX launched the #FlexFromHome Challenge. The “stock market of things” is asking the fashionable to “Take a quick break from your home office, dress to impress and help support your community.” With every tweet or Instagram Story tagged with #FlexFromHome and @stockx through March 20, the company will donate an additional $1 to the COVID-19 Response Fund, up to $10,000 for a total donation of $30,000.
March 15, 2020: The MLB and the MLB Players Association today announced a joint donation of $1 million to fight hunger amid the coronavirus crisis, which has resulted in shoe store closures and quarantines. The donation will be split evenly among Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America.
March 13, 2020: Celebrate National Shoe The World Day on March 15 with Sanctuary and Soles4Souls. Customers will receive 20% off a purchase of shoes from March 15 to April 1 on Sanctuary.com when they donate a pair of any lightly used shoes to Soles4Souls. Sanctuary is providing a prepaid label when customers sign up. The registrar of National Day Calendar declared the unofficial holiday as National Shoe of the World Day in 2014, created to bring awareness to the need to help those around the world who do not have shoes.
March 13, 2020: Chinese billionaire Jack Ma extends a helping hand to the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Alibaba co-founder announced today that the e-commerce giant’s philanthropic arm and his namesake foundation have joined forces to provide 500,000 testing kits and 1 million face masks to the United States. In a statement shared on social media, the Jack Ma Foundation also announced it worked with the Alibaba Foundation over the past several weeks to “source and donate much-needed materials” to countries most affected by the spread of COVID-19, including Japan, Korea, Italy, Iran and Spain.
March 12, 2020: Kevin Love is supporting the people behind the scenes who are affected by the suspended NBA season due to the coronavirus. The Cleveland Cavaliers player donated $100,000 to support the team’s arena support staff through the Kevin Love Foundation.
March 12, 2020: DTLR has kicked off its annual March fundraising push for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s “Give thanks. Give hope” campaign. The sneaker retailer has set a goal of raising at least $60,000 for the hospital by collecting donations at all of its 240-plus stores. In addition to raising funds, DTLR also works to boost awareness of St. Jude in its customer base. Since partnering with the hospital over a decade ago, DTLR has raised more than $600,000 for St. Jude.
March 11, 2020: Kering is the latest in fashion powerhouses to contribute to the battle against the coronavirus. The French conglomerate that oversees Gucci, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and more donated 2 million euros ($2.25 million) to health-care institutions across Italy. Lombardy, Tuscany, Lazio and Veneto will all see benefits from the donation.
March 11, 2020: Stride Rite is joining the fight to end childhood cancer. The kids’ brand, a division of Vida Shoes International Inc., has teamed up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, pledging to donate 10% of proceeds from the sale of its Atlas slip-on sneakers. The shoe is part of Stride Rite’s APMA-approved Soft Motion collection designed for first walkers. Available in six vibrant prints — including, of course, a lemon-yellow shade — the Atlas is made with premium leather and canvas materials. “We’re excited to take a small step in fighting childhood cancer, and we hope to continue our partnership into the future to help generate awareness and support for this amazing cause,” said Meg Forno, Stride Rite’s marketing director.
March 10, 2020: Marco Bizzarri is doing his part in the fight against the growing spread of the coronavirus. The president and CEO of Gucci made a personal donation of 100,000 euros ($113,000) to Ausl IRCCS of Reggio Emilia, benefitting eight hospitals in Italy’s Emilia Romagna — Bizzarri’s native region.
March 10, 2020: The Skechers Foundation built on the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk’s 11-year tradition, distributes more than $2 million in donations for children with special needs and education. Sponsored by lead presenter Nickelodeon, media sponsor NBC4 Southern California and airline sponsor Turkish Airlines, a check presentation ceremony was held on March 5 at Skechers’ Manhattan Beach, Calif., corporate offices. In addition to the more than $640,000 the Skechers Foundation presented to the nonprofit Friendship Foundation for children with special needs and their families, checks totaling more than $1.3 million were given to six education foundations to protect teachers’ jobs, to retain STEM and vital academic and cultural programs, to maintain smaller classes and to improve library and science technology. The Skechers Foundation also continued its annual scholarship program, announcing its fourth year of college scholarships for exceptional high school students nationwide. It is funded exclusively by the walk’s sponsors.
March 9, 2020: Designer-influencer Chiara Ferrangi and her husband, musician Fedez, donated 100,000 euros ($113,000) to help Milan’s San Raffaele hospital with new beds. The project by the Italian couple was created with the help of the head of San Raffaele’s cardiovascular and general intensive care department, Alberto Zangrillo.
March 8, 2020: Giorgio Armani donated 1.25 million euros ($1.42 million) to hospitals and medical institutions across Italy that are working fighting the spread of the coronavirus. Recipients include San Raffaele and Luigi Sacco hospitals and the Istituto dei Tumori in Milan; the Istituto Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome and the country’s civil defense, Protezione Civile, also will benefit from Armani’s donation.
March 5, 2020: Children’s footwear brand Ten Little has teamed up with Soles4Soles to host a shoe drive across the New York metro area, with dropboxes placed at select locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Hoboken, N.J. Ten Little and Soles4Soles are seeking new or gently worn shoes, which will help protect feet from diseases, allow children to attend schools and limit the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. The drive began on Feb. 20 and will continue through March 20. Donation boxes can be found in Monica and Andy, Lalo, The Wonder, Bright Horizons, Acorn Toy Shop, Stories, NY Kids Club and more.
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