HOW IT ALL STARTED
Zapatos Para Los Ninos (Shoes for the Children) was started by Greg and Natalie Snider. They had moved from Oregon to Isla Mujeres with the dream of putting shoes on the feet of children. They were able to live out that dream for many years until having to return to the States due to the failing health of Greg's mother. Hundreds and hundreds of children were blessed through Greg and Natalie's amazing vision.
In 2015, Don and Brenda Gentry participated in a shoe giveaway. They had raised enough money to purchase 104 pairs of shoes. Little did they know their lives would be forever changed that day.
Since that time Don and Brenda have continued the mission the Sniders began and coordinate a shoe giveaway every year. From the humble beginnings of 104 pairs of shoes it has grown as more and more people partner with them. In January of 2020 they were able to provide shoes for over 1350 children.
From the original shoe giveaway in 2015 to four in 2020, they are constantly working to expand their reach and impact more and more children each and every year.
Don & Brenda Gentry
Don & Brenda have been married since 2009. They have 2 sons and 2 daughters, 2 daughters-in-law and 8 grandchildren. They own a small business in Michigan.
We have some amazing people who help us year after year. If you want to join us go to the "Get Involved" tab and see how you can make a difference in the life of a child.
Partnering with Locals
The Local People
We couldn't do what we do without the help of the local people. In previous years the Mayor has provided food and drinks for up to 1600 people who were standing in line.