Austin Aquarium to Host Shoe Drive for Needy
November 2, 2016
Austin Aquarium Shoe_Drive

Austin, TX. November 1, 2016–

Austin Aquarium, working with non-profit A Walk In My Shoes, will help people “get back on their feet” this holiday season. New or gently used shoes will be exchanged for either free or half-price aquarium admission. Donations are encouraged November 1 through December 15, 2016.

Austin Aquarium has a passion for helping the local community and participates in various drives to help the community each year. Blood drives, winter clothing drives, food drives and scholarship campaigns have all served the community well each year. This holiday season they will be collecting shoes to benefit Front Steps.
San Antonio social philanthropist, Eric Castillo, has a passion for helping those in need and works to help people get back on their feet, quite literally. Castillo is the founder of a non-profit, A Walk In My Shoes, whose sole mission is to help those in need of shoes “get back on their feet”.
Castillo and his team recently collected 1,762 new and gently used shoes to help flood victims in Louisiana.
Texas communities have shown tremendous support for the non-profit in the last 5 years. A Walk In My Shoes has donated over 15,500 pairs of shoes to Texas homeless shelters and organizations including Haven for Hope, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, Dress for Success, SAMMinistries and provides for local individuals on the streets. This holiday season they are expanding efforts to specifically support the Austin community.
New or gently used shoe donations can be dropped off Sunday-Thursday 10am-7pm and Friday-Saturday 10am-8pm at the Austin Aquarium 13530 N. Hwy 183, Austin, TX. All sizes and styles of shoes are welcome. Donations can be made November 1 through December 15, 2016. The aquarium will exchange a FREE admission pass for every new pair of shoes donated and a HALF-OFF admission pass for every pair of gently used shoes.



About Austin Aquarium:


Austin Aquarium, located at 13530 N. Hwy 183 provides children and families access to the excitement and learning opportunities of the ocean. Exhibits include sea jellies, sea horses, Caiman crocodiles, rare and colorful corals, sharks, stingrays, and thousands of other species. In addition to marine life, guests can interact with tropical birds and friendly reptiles. Popular activities include Birthday Parties, Private Events and Field Trips.


About A Walk in My Shoes:

“A WALK IN MY SHOES” is a charity whose sole purpose is to help those in need of shoes get back on their feet. What once was only a vision is now reality. A WALK IN MY SHOES was started in August of 2012 by Eric Castillo, a former student athlete at the University of the Incarnate Word. He saw the need and combined it with his passion to help others and began what is now an amazing organization that helps those in need to get back on their feet. We strive to make a difference and realize that every pair of shoes can impact a life. We encourage you to help spread the word for this worthwhile cause. Monthly Shoe Drives are held to gather donations and pick-ups are also arranged to get shoes. Your support is greatly appreciated and volunteers are welcome.  Eric Castillo-Founder 210-833-8786.

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