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Nonprofit group The Shoe That Grows gaining traction

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The founder of a nonprofit that works to get expandable shoes to children in third-world countries shared an update on his group’s efforts with Fox 12 on Wednesday. 

Fox 12 first reported on The Shoe That Grows in April of last year. The founder of the project says it was that story – and everyone who shared it on Facebook and Twitter – that started a wave of publicity that's making a real difference for children all around the world.

The Shoe That Grows was designed to literally expand five sizes so that one pair will fit a growing child for about five years.  The prototype for the shoe was designed by a man in Vancouver.

When Fox 12 first met with founder Kenton Lee last year, they had sent out about 1,000 pairs. Now, there are 50,000 pairs in 70 countries.

Some are even being made in the countries where they're worn, such as Ethiopia and Haiti, which also provides a few jobs and a local economic boost for adults and families.

An adult size is now being introduced and the nonprofit behind it all is working on fast-tracking a mosquito bed net to protect kids from malaria.

They thought it would take five years to accomplish but it's happening in less than one year, and the founder wants to say thank you.

"It's been crazy to see something that my friends and I have worked on for so long and really thought it'd be just a small thing in our lives,” said Lee. “Just to see it take off, it's been surreal and it's been exciting.” 

The shoes go a long way toward health and safety as well, since a lot of children who are barefoot get cuts and scrapes that allow to diseases to enter their bodies through their feet.

If you’d like to learn more or get involved, visit TheShoeThatGrows.org

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