Outstanding efforts helping the community is how Garrett Neville, an 18 year old resident from The Woodlands, was chosen as one of 10 national Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program winners.
Neville, a graduate of The Woodlands High School, will receive $10,000 towards his post-secondary education for his volunteerism. An additional $1,000 will be donated by Kohl’s to the non-profit of Neville’s choice. He was chosen from over 35,000 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship nominees for the competition. He will attend the University of Texas in the fall and is enrolled in the McCombs School of Business.
His project that garnered attention was his creation of Good Soles Montgomery County Shoe and Sock Donation Center in 2008. Neville met a homeless man who had his feet amputated due to frostbite and was inspired to found this center.
Each person who visits the donation center receives two clean pair of shoes and socks at no charge. Under Neville’s leadership, the organization has collected more than 10,000 pairs of shoes, enlisted volunteers, created a 24 hour donation drop-box, set up a shoe repair lab and distribution showroom. His outreach entails enlisting corporate sponsorships and marketing the organization with print and radio advertisements. Within the past year, Good Soles began providing shoes for those in need in Central America.
Julie Gardner, Kohl’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said Neville has not only made his community better, but is an example to others how much one person can make a difference. “Through Good Soles Montgomery Shoe and Sock Donation Center, Garrett has gone above and beyond to help others. Kohl’s is privileged to recognize these efforts and invest in his exciting future,” she said.
Numerous local charities and churches in Montgomery County are assisted by Good Soles. They include the Homeless Coalition, Women’s Shelter, Salvation Army, Children’s Safe Harbor, Street Life Ministry and Montgomery County Emergency Assistance.
Donation sites are listed at www.goodsolesdonationcenter.com/dropbox. The main location is at 1222 N. Loop 336 West in Conroe. To get in touch with the donation center, call 281-681-3338 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2012, Kohl’s celebrates its 12th year of rewarding young volunteers. Since the program began in 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more than 17,000 kids, including the 2012 winners, with nearly $3.5 million in scholarships and prizes. This year, Kohl’s recognized more than 2,200 young volunteers with more than $420,000 in scholarships and prizes.
For more information or a complete list of Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program national, regional and store-level winners, visit www.kohlskids.com.