MHISC Retailer Runs “Shoes for Sharing” Program in Greenville Area

Mitch and Suzanne Gault in one of their three donation storage rooms in the office of Kent-Gault Manufactured Homes.

In the back rooms at the main office of Kent-Gault Manufactured Homes in Mauldin, SC, you’ll find all of the standard items a manufactured home dealer needs to operate: purchase agreements, manufacturer invoices, and finance documents. Also, around 250 pairs of shoes.

In addition to managing their properties, the team at Kent-Gault Homes collects new and well-kept used shoes to donate to people who need them. They call the program Shoes for Sharing, and provide footwear to men, women, and children wherever there is a need.

The program was founded by Mitch and Suzanne Gault 14 years ago. They were a part of a running group at the Golden Strip YMCA in Simpsonville, SC and agreed to start ‘sharing their shoes’ that were no longer good for running, put perfectly fine for casual use.

In addition to managing the program with his wife, Mitch Gault also runs Kent-Gault Manufactured homes. According to him, there is a real need for shoes right here in the state; it is just a basic need that is not always met.

“If a gift of a good pair of shoes can bring just a ray of hope into one person’s life, it’s worth it. And it’s such a simple thing to do,” says Gault. “If a pair of shoes can help someone get back on their feet, show them that people care, help them when applying for a job, help them maybe fit in at school and not be made fun of – we want to be a part of it.”

Gault works tirelessly alongside his wife and his son-in-law Nick Prosise to collect shoe donations, identify those in need, and make sure the shoes end up in the hands of people who appreciate them.

“Schools, men and women’s and kids shelters, homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters, Special Olympics athletes – you name it – we have probably delivered shoes there. We have also given shoes to various churches to take with them on mission trips.”

Since the program was created in 2007, they have given away over 9,000 pairs of shoes to people who need them. People who are either in need or interested in donating can find out more information about the program on their Facebook page at facebook.com/shoesforsharing.

Kent-Gault Homes is a family owned and operated business that run four manufactured home communities in the Upstate area of South Carolina. You can find out more about them and their communities at kentgault.com.

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The staff at Kent-Gault Manufactured homes. They manage the sales and upkeep of four communities.

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One of the three rooms dedicated to storing the donations until they can be distributed.

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Gault and Jim Martin, a 38-year industry veteran who has been with Kent-Gault his entire career.