‘Soleful’ Valentine’s Day Delivery
Toronto, ON – The mother-daughter realty team of Sandy Bodnar and Rayissa Palmer collected 150 pairs of good quality shoes in the 24th annual Ron White Shoe Drive. This is their fifth time participating in the largest shoe drive in Canada. Donations of footwear for men, women and children are distributed to charitable organizations in the Greater Toronto Area, assisting individuals, families and jobseekers, who are struggling to make ends meet. Ron White and his team of cobblers inspect all of the shoes to ensure they are in good repair. Since 1996, this drive has collected more than 40,000 pairs of shoes for those in need.
“Our goal was 150 pairs of gently-worn shoes and we did it!” says Rayissa. “Through the help of our clients, family, friends and co-workers, we are going to be able to help 150 people. We are delighted to support these local charities: CAMH Foundation’s of Light, New Circles Glow, and Dress for Success Toronto.”
On Valentine’s Day, Rayissa and Sandy dropped off their baskets and bags at Ron White’s corporate office. The CEO and Creative Director himself came out to accept the donation, chat and pose for photos. Rayissa and her mother are long-time fans of Ron White’s chic All Day Heels® in addition to being dedicated shoe drive participants.
Each year, Ron White enlists international celebrities such as Vanessa Williams, Celine Dion and Eric McCormick to donate shoes and raise awareness of the drive.
Another event close to their hearts is the Caledon Community Services Home for the Holidays Gala. This is the second year in a row that the mother-daughter duo created a custom piece for the auction.
“This time, we created two, oversized Christmas wreaths that went for auction to raise funds for Caledon Community Services. One was named ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ as it featured all kinds of sweet treats on it in glass and ornaments. The other we created was called the ‘Maison Bird’ and featured a painted birdhouse by Sandy. Our wreaths were auctioned off. My husband and I also attended the Gala. In 2018, we donated a fully decorated Christmas tree called ‘A Touch of Gold’.”
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