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A man helps find shoe donations for residents of Brighton aged care home


By Mike Sullivan, WBZ-TV

BOSTON — New Balance has stepped in to help a Brighton seniors’ residence after one of the staff noticed residents had worn-out shoes.

“I had no idea they would be so funky and graceful the way they were,” says James Humphries, who works reception at 2 Life Communities.

Humphries saw that too many residents had worn heels on their shoes. He said the problem has forced some men and women to walk unbalanced.

“They were telling me they were in dire need right now. The holes were in their shoes. They were pretty badly off,” Humphries said.

The 25-year-old contacted New Balance to see what could be done. The company responded by donating 20 pairs of shoes to all residents asking for help.

“We love when our team senses a need, figures it out for themselves, and figures out what to do,” said Amy Schectman, President and CEO of 2 Life Communities. “One of the biggest threats to the aging process is maintaining balance and good posture.”

“One of the things we suffer the most from when we get older is falling, and I won’t fall in those shoes,” resident Jean Rubinson said. “[James] showed me the box, and I took them out, and I said, ‘Oh my God, just what I need.’


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