Two Companies Join Together To Give One Man A Sweet Christmas Surprise

by Roxy Garrity
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In New York City, there are currently about 300,000 people looking for jobs, according to the Department of Labor.

The HOPE Program is helping some of those people by offering workforce development training to those who need it the most.

Jennifer Mitchell, Executive Director of the HOPE Program, told LittleThings, “We help people that are suffering from history of substance abuse, people who haven’t had the opportunity to get their high school diploma or GED, many, many other challenges.”

T-Boye Doe is a proud graduate of the Hope Program on his second year working as a delivery assistant for Neuman’s Kitchen.

“I got to learn everything, how to be customary, how to be presentable to the customer, how to speak with diction,” said Doe.

As a surprise, men’s fashion start-up Thursday Boot Company decided to gift Doe a special pair of boots that would keep him comfortable for all of those long hours spent on his feet.

Connor Wilson, Cofounder of Thursday Boot Company, said, “As boot makers, we have a product that’s really important for someone who’s working and growing at their new job.” Thursday Boot Company recently launched a campaign called the Dollar Boot, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward one of three charities, including the HOPE Program.

To learn more about the HOPE Program’s application process, click here and please SHARE this story!

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