It’s not every day that a teenager makes a difference in the lives of 400 children. But that’s what 13-year-old Drew Frank did on Nov. 14, when he gave new running shoes and socks to every student at Beall Elementary School in South Central El Paso.
“Drew’s Sneaker Give-Away” was launched at his May bar mitzvah, when he asked for donations to the project rather than gifts for himself. He raised almost $30,000 – enough to buy nice Nikes and new socks for a whole school full of children, plus almost 70 kids at the Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home.
Drew and his family worked with the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation’s B-Strong Shoe Giveaway to organize the project. On the big day, the school held a pep rally and volunteers measured the children’s feet and helped them try on the shoes. Drew got help from classmates and teachers at St. Clement’s School, where he is a student, and from Coronado High, the school Braden Aboud would have attended.
Drew, who says he has a passion for sneakers, is the son of Dana and Adam Frank. Adam is president of River Oaks Properties, a local commercial real estate developer. Drew’s grandparents are well-known philanthropists Stanlee and Gerald Rubin.
Dana, Drew’s mom, says the family tries to instill the importance of giving back to the community through volunteering and generosity.