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Corporate Citizenship, Oracle News | February 9, 2016

Oracle Employees Accelerate Shoe Drive

By: Michael Hickins | Sr. Director of Strategic Communications

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Oracle employees are stepping on it when it comes to making sure that kids have shoes for the school year.

The initiative was kicked off by Rachel Wong, an Oracle employee who works at our Redwood Shores campus. Wong started by volunteering her time at a local charity, My New Red Shoes, and then reached out to the Oracle community to join the cause.

My New Red Shoes provides homeless children in the Bay Area and Portland, Oregon with new donated shoes for the school year. "The goal is to help close the gap and increase a child's motivation," Wong says. "Much of the time, homeless children have difficulty focusing on school when they don’t have the proper shoes or clothes. My New Red Shoes packages the donated shoes in a homemade baggie, along with a $50 Old Navy gift card for each child to get a new set of clothes to start on their first day of school."

Wong enlisted the help of her manager and sent an email to the rest of her department asking for people to join in. "Help our neighbor, My New Red Shoes reach their 10,000 shoes year end goal for 2016! We are about 6,000 away and need to reach 800 shoes by end of March!

"I hope that we can have team members help join us in this great mission and help improve a child’s life a little bit at a time every day! #CorporationsGiveBack," her email read.

Through the Oracle Volunteers program, Wong and employees like her have been supporting My New Red Shoes for almost two years. Oracle Volunteers projects have included activities like sorting shoes, packing bags with shoes, and creating gift cards.

Employees can also drop off new shoes in red boxes installed in the Oracle Plaza building.

You can check out the site, or if you’re so inclined, go to the Amazon Wish List to get shoes delivered right to their office.

As Wong closed the note, "thanks for your warm sole."

Sr. Director of Strategic Communications

Michael Hickins is a senior director of strategic communications at Oracle. He is the former editor of The Wall Street Journal's CIO Journal.

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