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SM Store, SM Foundation donate more than 300,000 pairs of shoes to Caritas Philippines, DSWD

May 13, 2022

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More than 100,000 pairs of shoes were gifted by The SM Store and SM Foundation to Caritas Philippines communities nationwide.

The SM Store and SM Foundation partnered with Caritas Philippines to distribute more than 100,000 new pairs of shoes to the Social Action Centers of Caritas in Baguio, Tarlac, Zambales, Malolos, Lipa, San Pablo, Lucena, and Puerto Princesa in Luzon; Bacolod and Iloilo in the Visayas. 

Recipients include indigent families, farmers, laborers, persons with disabilities, and children. Some are also COVID-19 community frontliners and survivors of Typhoon Odette.

The SM Group and Caritas Philippines have been long-time partners on various social development programs from education to health, and relief operations.

Almost 225,000 pairs of shoes were distributed across the country earlier this year with the help of DSWD.

Earlier this year, more than 225,000 pairs of shoes were distributed in SM’s host communities nationwide, where the recipients are composed of indigent and vulnerable children identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Some of these areas include Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, La Union, Dagupan, Tarlac, Laguna, Zamboanga, Davao, and General Santos.

“Shoes are essential, they help protect our feet. But not everyone has access to a decent pair of shoes. Through the Share Shoes Program of The SM Store and SM Foundation, we are able to distribute shoes to people who need them most,” said Rose Siaco, Vice President of The SM Store.

From May 15 to July 31, shoppers can also Share Shoes by donating their SMAC points. Accumulated points will be used to purchase new shoes for the children of World Vision and SM Foundation. Participating cards include SM Advantage Card (SMAC), SMAC Prestige, and BDO SMAC. To donate just log in to www.smac.ph, click Transfer Points, enter shareshoes@smac.ph, and encode the number of points you wish to donate.

The SM Store corporate social responsibility programs Share Your Extras, Share Shoes, Donate A Book, and Share A Toy are implemented in partnership with its customers and SM Foundation with a shared mission of bringing cheers to communities. All branches of The SM Store house coin boxes for UNICEF, Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, Good Neighbors Philippines, and World Vision.

For more updates and ways to donate, visit www.thesmstore.com and follow its social media pages @thesmstore on Facebook and Instagram.

About: SM Store is the Philippines’ largest department store chain with several branches nationwide. Since our first store opened in 1958, The SM Store has been a long-time favorite one-stop-shop with the best product variety, shopping convenience, and value for money. We offer a great selection of menswear, womenswear, children’s wear, all kinds of beauty products, and things for the home. You can also find stationery, electronic gadgets, snacks, toys, hardware, and fun Philippine souvenirs here.

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