Chantal Garceau, a longtime Woodinville resident, is turning her design and craft skills into a small social enterprise creating baby shoes which are sold to support children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Kenya.
All proceeds from chantal’s little shoes go to support orphans through the Imani Project.
Garceau, who started her career as a sportswear designer in Canada, wanted to use her design and craft skills to make a difference in the lives of needy children. After retiring from teaching high school a few years ago, Garceau found a new calling when she began sponsoring a child through the Imani Project. She founded chantal’s little shoes as an endeavor to help more children orphaned in Kenya.
What started as a one woman enterprise is growing to a network of volunteer groups like a seniors group in Leavenworth which is crocheting and felting the little shoes designed by Garceau. She created more than a dozen designs of the baby shoes and is introducing new designs for special occasions.
For the 2011 holiday season, she is featuring Jingle Bells and Holly Beary along with the original creations that range from animal designs like a yellow and black bumble bee to the soft gray “Rosie Dog” inspired by her beloved mini-Australian shepherd.
A Woodinville group is forming for volunteers who want to give their time and skill to the project. “Hands for Little Shoes” allows individuals to become involved in small tasks that add up to making a big difference. Training will be provided for those who would like to get involved.