Ringling Bros. to Make Guinness World Records Attempt with The Big Feat – The World’s Largest Shoe Drive

In Dallas alone, 196,000 children are in need of shoes. Step up, donate, and make a difference. Photo Courtesy: KRB Communications
In Dallas County alone, 196,000 children are in need of shoes. It’s time to step up, donate, and make a difference. Photo Courtesy: KRB Communications

Shoe Drive to Benefit Non-Profit The Shoe Bank, Serving Thousands of Families in DFW

DALLAS, TX — Collecting more than 17,500 pairs of shoes for a charity is no easy feat. However, if anyone can, it would be Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® and the generous circus fans across the Metroplex as all participate in a Guinness World Records® attempt for ‘Most Shoes Donated to a Charity in a 24-Hour Period’ on August 8-9 at The Big Feat – The World’s Largest Shoe Drive, a Ringling Bros.® Special Event. Shoes collected at AT&T Plaza at American Airlines Center will be donated to Rockwall-based The Shoe Bank, a non-profit providing shoes to families locally and throughout the world. Once collected and tabulated, all shoes will be redistributed by The Shoe Bank as kids go back to school.

The current world record of ‘Most Shoes Donated to a Charity in a 24-Hour Period’ is 17,526 pairs of shoes and was achieved by Iglesias Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in Manila, Philippines on April 29, 2016.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, in Dallas County alone, 30% of youth 18 and under live below the poverty line, which equates to 196,000 children in need. Because of this, the world famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley know they even have big shoes to fill and are up to the challenge! It’s time to put ourselves in the shoes of those in need by donating shoes that are in great condition. Shoes must be in New or Like New condition. Sneakers are preferable. All Youth and adult sizes are needed. Unfortunately, no sandals, open-toed shoes, flip-flops or high heels can be accepted.

Circus fans may drop off shoes at the following locations beginning July 15th, with shoes collected in advance being delivered to The Big Feat – The World’s Largest Shoe Drive on Tuesday, August 9.

  • From now until Monday, August 8 at 94.9 KLTY studios and at KLTY events throughout the month of July. KLTY Studios is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5:30pm, and is located at 6400 Beltline Road, Suite 120, Irving, Texas 75063. For more information, go to http://www.klty.com/communityevents.
  • The Shops at Willow Bend at the customer service kiosk during normal mall hours. The mall is located at 6121 West Park Boulevard, Plano, Texas 75093.
  • American Airlines Center at the Administrative Entrance on the north side of the arena on Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. The arena is located at 2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75219. There will be free parking at the Lexus Parking Garage, which is adjacent to the northeast corner of the arena at 2620 North Houston Street.
  • AT&T Plaza at American Airlines Center on Monday, August 8 from 8pm to 10pm and on Tuesday, August 9 from 7am to 7pm.
  • Additional drop-off locations listed at RinglingCharityShoeDrive.com.

The Big Feat – The World’s Largest Shoe Drive is a great opportunity for families, scouts, churches, neighborhoods and co-workers to put their best foot forward and help the community. To learn more or ask for donation boxes for your group, visit RinglingCharityShoeDrive.com.

In addition to the shoe drive, there will be circus celebration as Ringling Bros. attempts to break the world record. On Tuesday, August 9 from 5pm-8pm, circus fans are invited to bring pairs of shoes to AT&T Plaza at American Airlines Center, where there will be a host of fun activities for Children of All Ages including performances by the world famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley, face painting, circus games, and more. An adult 18 years of age and older must be present when shoes are being donating so that they can sign-off on the donation log for Guinness World Records. In addition to participating in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, those attending the Tuesday evening party will receive a Certificate of Participation, plus a free circus voucher (good for any D/FW performance) will be given out to the first 1,000 adults 18+ for each qualifying pair of shoes donated. Please donate shoes prior to 7pm so that shoes can be counted and logged for Guinness World Records prior to the end of 24-hour donation cycle, which ends at 8pm.

To learn more and to see how you can participate, visit RinglingCharityShoeDrive.com.

Prepare to be astonished and amazed by artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining these elements with never-before-seen spectacles, original, fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments. With Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME, Children Of All Ages can let their imaginations go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience. High-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and an international assembly of more than 100 world-renowned artists provide 2 ½ hours of thrilling entertainment. Ringling Bros. will play at American Airlines Center, August 3-14, and Fort Worth Convention Center, August 18-21.  For tickets and show schedules, visit Ringling.com.

The Shoe Bank had just one goal when it was founded in 1989 – to put comfortable shoes on a few hundred homeless men living on the streets in downtown Dallas. The program today provides shoes for twenty-five thousand people every year – primarily children, both here and abroad.

In the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Area, shoes are distributed to people in need through schools, homeless shelters, shelters for battered women and their children, refugee service organizations, and hospitals. Worldwide, the Shoe Bank works, not with the largest, but with the most reliable international relief organizations to get shoes safely delivered and distributed to children in those places where the most critical needs exist.

Every year, thousands of children in countries around the world receive shoes only because kids from the Dallas area take advantage of an opportunity to give through the Shoe Bank. Our children help make an important relief effort possible – and we fulfill an equally important mission by teaching them to care for those less fortunate. For more information or to donate, visit ShoeBank.org.