Shoes for Tampa Bay originated from the vision of a 6 year old little girl named Emma. At such a young age, Emma had displayed a compassionate and loving heart for people. For her 7th birthday Emma asked her mom if [instead of getting presents for herself] she could get shoes to give to children in need. 

Her aspiration and God’s calling led her to begin collecting new shoes for children, who did not have any of their own.

Emma’s excitement became transparent, when she and her family collected over 500 pairs of shoes, in less than 6 months! Knowing that they were on to something special, but not knowing how or what to do, Emma and her Mom decided to reach out to a local church for better guidance and direction.

From that connection- Shoes for Tampa Bay was born! To date, we have collected and given away over 7,000 pairs of shoes! These shoes blessed children locally and across the world from Tampa to Kenya.

How to get involved: 

Step 1: Contact Shane Riley at the email address below. Shane can get you all the associated marketing material and information needed for this event. 

Step 2: Collect NEW shoes within your church, business, life group etc. Visit any participating Payless locations and receive a minimum 20% discount on all shoes related to this event. Just let them know you are purchasing shoes for Shoes for Tampa Bay. (see participating locations below) 

Step 3: Distribute your shoes to a local elementary school, crisis center, day care etc. Any place that you see need in your community. Not only have we sent shoes to children right here in Tampa Bay, but all over the world to include Haiti and Kenya. Please feel free to send your shoes to where ever the Holy Spirit leads you.

That's it, you're done! 

Thank you for being a part of this amazing event!

Shane Riley | The Crossing Church


● Collecting NEW shoes (sneaker size 1-7)
● Shoes to fit ELEMENTARY aged children
    (boys and girls)


  • July 16 & 17 | All Service Times
  • July 23 & 24 | All Service Times


● Minimum 20% discount with this event
● Download the Payless flyer to the right for participating locations


Shoes for Tampa Bay 2016 we will be at 3 locations this year: Potter Elementary, Clair Mel Elementary and Ruskin Elementary. We would love to have you and your family come out and volunteer with us! Email Shane Riley at sriley@crossingonline.org to volunteer. See times and dates below:

Shoes for Tampa Bay 2016

Monday August 8
Time: 4pm – 7pm
Location: Ruskin Elementary, 101 E. College Ave, Ruskin

Saturday August 6
Time: 10am – 12pm
Location: Clair Mel Elementary, 1025 S. 78th St, Tampa
Location: Potter Elementary, 3224 E. Cayuga St, Tampa