Michigan Teen collects shoes for foster children

“Most people will give them tooth brushes, toothpaste, shirts stuff like that,” Derrick said. “Not shoes.”

(FOX 2) – Seeing the need for foster children in our area, a Holly teen decided to do something about it.

He doesn’t know what it’s like to walk in their shoes, but he is trying to make sure they have a new pair of their own.

“I just thought helping the community would be a good thing to do,” said Derrick Newman.

“Once he kids an idea, it is forward ho!” said his dad Steven Newman.

His dad isn’t exaggerating. You first met Derrick Newman in August of 2017 when he began collecting patches from police and fire departments all over the world.

After FOX 2’s story aired. his collection grew from 1,000 to almost 5,000 – with people sending them to him from as far away as Australia. His patches were sewn onto blue banners paying tribute to the officers and firefighters who put their lives on the line every day.

Now at 14, Derrick has a new mission – his dad and step-mother are in the process of adopting a foster child which got Derrick thinking.

Shoes for foster children…read the full story from Fox Detroit.

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