Local teen transforms thrifted shoes for a good cause

Family Focus: Adding sparkle to a good deed

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Local 15-year-old Emily Lignabou is making it her mission to take thrifted shoes and transform them into fancy footwear.

She spends weeks customizing shoe orders. The money she makes goes to buying shoes for children who need them. In just one year, she has donated 200 pairs to local foster homes and nonprofits.

Her organization ‘The Squeaky Sneaks’ helps put shoes on the feet of local children.

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“I wanted people to feel better about themselves and wear something they couldn’t afford otherwise,” the teen said.

The need is greater than she ever imagined. She recently donated a pair of shoes to a local girl in need. Her mother told Action News Jax this year has been especially difficult.

“It means a lot because you always want to give your kids like what they want or the best …and you can’t always do it,” she said.

Her fancy footwear is paired with a timely message.

2020… I feel like the world needs a little bit of good,” Emily said.