1st Annual Kick Back Against Bullying Sneaker Drive
October 3, 2017

The Mayor of NYC Bill Blasio awarded the #iSmileForAngele campaign efforts in the 1st Annual Kick Back Against Bullying Sneaker Drive during Suicide Prevention Month.

Hiiii splashy readers this weekend was nothing short of AMAZING! On Saturday September 30th at Bakery HNY sneaker store [1457 Amsterdam Avenue] the #iSmileForAngele 1st Annual Kick Back Against Bullying Sneaker Drive was held. The mission of the event was to service children within our communities and school system who maybe homeless or living in shelters by providing new or gently used sneakers as we fight to prevent bullying. The reassurance of confidence starts within our children knowing they are important and valued.

Bakery HNY

Donated kicks

Donated kicks

I am excited to type 325 sneakers were allocated to 3 shelters in Harlem. Upon delivering the donated sneakers I learned that many families were displaced due to a huge fire over the weekend. That made me feel good knowing that families will benefit from all of the contributions. The day was filled with laughs, support and most of all love. I grew up in Harlem and my mother has always instilled that helping others in need is a blessing as you are so fortunate in life. Every donated sneaker was accompanied with an inspirational note to reassurance the recipient that you are worthy and you will rise from your present circumstance.

My support system entrepreneurs Gracie and Latoya.

Everyone came together from a simple idea that was executed by teamwork. I am still in awe and glad that I can be of assistance in any way possible. If you have a goal, write it down, build a team and DO IT! I could not have completed my mission without the help of Gracie Cedres, Latoya Wyman, Kathleen Delva and Cheo owner of Bakery HNY; they all were key component parts alongside every single person who donated their new/gently used sneakers and new socks!

Cheo and Kathleen posing in Bakery HNY sneaker store with some of the donated kicks from the event.

It was a great day at the start of the event it drizzled a little bit however, the love of giving back outweighed the rain with sunshine. The day was beautiful as kid’s joined and learned the importance of helping others in need. Papa John’s pizza was sponsored by Indie Brokers and it was nice to see children interacting with adults playing charades. 

Overall, the event was a success and it just goes to show how a simple idea can take off with support from your community. The donations will allievate parents, bring smiles to children’s face and make the donators feel impactful that their contribution helped. I will continue to team up with other driven entrepreneurs to ensure we do our part in seeing that their is change with gestures, education and fun in the community.

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Contribute to your community with assisting the #iSmileForAngele Foundation
June 13, 2016

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#iSmileForAngele is more than a hashtag it started as an incentive program that was started as a memorial tribute to Chanel Speedy’s late grandmother Angele. Angele gave so much of herself to ensure that everyone around her was comfortable, feed; as she dedicated her life to making others smile. Motivated by carrying on the torch of Angele’s legacy it is now a foundation that will give back to the Harlem community.

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It was founded to inspire and make an impact ensuring that the smallest gesture can make a difference. Through servicing others in need for the betterment of addressing social issues and contributing to the community on a higher level is the mission.

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Molding the leaders of tomorrow is our responsibility. Starting small is a step in a positive direction. In my stride to give back to my community I have partnered with other organizations to bring necessary programs back. Change begins by implementing a vision that we want to see continuously carried out.

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Right before our eyes families are being displaced from their homes, imperative programs are being discontinued from our children’s schools and gun violence is cutting the life span of many short. Is it because there is not enough constructive resources, recreational activities or job opportunities?

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In order to better our chances to excel we MUST unite, educate and uplift. The #iSmileForAngele Foundation will include and provide:

– Back to school supplies give away
– Feeding the less fortunate
– Book vouchers for college bound students
– Food, toy and clothing drives
– Job readiness seminars for young adults
– Women Empowerment
– Live in Your Truth NYC
– GRACE Community Center
– Mentorship program
– Splashgiving mini society program
– Community service
– Volunteer work

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To donate please contact Chanel Speedy at: iSmileForAngele@gmail.com

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Don’t forget to smile today!

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