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Nonprofit group The Shoe That Grows launches new program on Giving Tuesday

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A nonprofit group Fox 12 that first reported on back in April has launched a new program on Giving Tuesday.

Since the original story aired, The Shoe That Grows has started making national headlines, giving shoes that literally grow to kids who need them in countries throughout the world.

The shoes were designed in a Vancouver garage through a partnership with a former Nike and Adidas employee. The shoes have expandable snaps that allow the soles to grow five sizes, which allows kids to wear one pair for five years.

On this Giving Tuesday, for the first time, the organization is launching a program where people can buy them for their own kids here in the United States, while still giving back. For $50, you can get one pair, and two other pairs of shoes will be sent to kids who need them around the world.

Founder Kenton Lee says since Fox 12's story aired in April, the organization has exploded and now 20,000 pairs of shoes are in 25 countries.

"The past several months have been surreal," said Lee. "They've been incredible. I never thought the message of the shoe that grows and practical compassion would take off like this. We really accidentally went viral."

The original shoe came in one color and one size, but now they are available in three colors and two sizes. Before, the smallest quantity people could buy was 25 pairs at a time, but now the new program launched Tuesday will become permanent.

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