Best Foot Forward

"At a young age, Nicholas Lowinger learned not to take things for granted. When he was 5 years old and visiting a homeless shelter with his mother, he was excited for the opportunity to show off his new light-up sneakers to the rest of the kids. But his mom cautioned him against doing so, explaining that these children might not have such luxuries. Sure enough, when Nicholas met kids at the shelter, he quickly realized that they were living in circumstances that were very different from his own." He was deeply affected by that visit, and stricken with the desire to do something to help those children, and others like them. That selflessness fueled Nicholas, and he eventually started the Gotta Have Sole Foundation, which so far, has donated new footwear to more than 10,000 homeless children in 21 states.