Social care organisation Blue Triangle is partnering with KrepK1enz to gift shoes to those who need them most this winter. They have today put a call out for old shoes to be donated, and KrepK1enz will clean, repair and package them up for Christmas. KrepK1enz will work with Blue Triangle to gift the “warm soles” to those staying in Glasgow accommodation.
Golbert Ebonza started KrepK1enz from his bedroom, expanding into a shed, and now his business has office space in Kinning Park. He has celebrity/football clients such as Tony Watt, Karamoko Dembele and Love Island stars, with 6.1k followers on Instagram.
Blue Triangle provides trauma-informed support in accommodation services and in communities across Scotland. They have four Glasgow-based services with over 70 people supported in services and in the community. Many people entering Blue Triangle services only own the clothes they arrive in. 45% of admissions this year had been sleeping rough.
Golbert Ebonza said:
“This coming Christmas some of us are blessed more than others, which is why I wanted to set up a charity project. Warm Soles is about asking clients and the public to hand in old shoes or shoes they don’t wear anymore. I will the clean these shoes, package them up and hand them to the homeless. This means people with less are able to have the joy of opening/receiving gifts this Christmas.”
Gary Meek, CEO at Blue Triangle, said:
“We thank Golbert for reaching out about Warm Soles and Blue Triangle are excited to take part in this project. Christmas is a special time for everyone, but for many people in our services, the only gifts they will receive are the ones we provide. We hope we can make a difference this year by providing shoes to those who need it most.”
To donate shoes, contact KrepK1enz via their Instagram account @krepk1enz, or drop them off at their office: Kinning Park, Unit 8, Durham Street, G41 1BS