A couple of Corpus Christi women are giving out free shoes this month to anyone who needs them

Posted at 7:02 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 20:07:29-04


There is a new effort underway to help the homeless and working poor.

Two Corpus Christi shop owners are starting a pop up clothing and accessory shop for individuals who are less fortunate and they’re calling it Street Store.

“Have the clothes set out in a dignified manner and people that need it just come and choose what they want and that’s it and no money’s exchanged,” said Leslie Ruel.

Ruel says she and Christina O’Donnell saw a need around the city for everyday clothing items.

“Have shoes, you know good shoes to walk on I mean shoes are important,” said Ruel.

So now they’ve set a goal, that every month they’ll host a street store event where individuals can come to Artesian Park to pick up free items.

This month the group will be taking shoe donations and will be passing them out Sunday April 14.

“We take them home and we wrap them up so that way they have a size on them already,” said O’Donnell. “When we go out there our plan is to organize them nice and neat so that they can just look through them pick out what they need and that’s it.”

The women are currently accepting shoe donations for men, women, and children. They also say they prefer everyday and comfortable shoes over evening wear and heels.

People that have things at home that they want to get rid of and they don’t need them anymore and then there are people that need those items,” said O’ Donnell.

And more importantly, anyone who is in need of shoes or clothing items can come to Artesian Park and pick out any items.

“Some people that just can’t afford them they could be for people that don’t have a home, some people who live out of cars,” said O’Donnell.

The group will be taking donations for different items each month. Next month the group plans to start accepting donations for women’s clothing. If you’d like to donate any items you can drop them off at

505 S Waters St, Corpus Christi 78401