Souls Helping Soles is a non-profit organization in the U.S. and Costa Rica that collects and donates shoes to children in Costa Rica. Founded by Lisa Garrett, Souls Helping Soles helps give children hope one step at a time.

Lexi Guo is 14 years old and attends the Annunciation Orthodox School in Houston, Texas. She has been collecting shoes for the children of Costa Rica since she was in the third grade. Lexi was inspired to help her Aunt Cindy provide shoes for underprivileged children in Costa Rica to give them the opportunity to go to school and play sports. At that time, Aunt Cindy was battling Stage IV lung cancer. Even though she was undergoing difficult cancer treatment and extremely sick, she wanted to show her children the importance of living with purpose and gratitude. Sadly, Aunt Cindy passed away four years ago at the age of 39. Lexi is determined to continue her aunt’s work.
After Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Lexi also realized that there is a tremendous need to support families in Houston. She is also working to send shoes to local organizations that provide for the homeless and families living in shelters. In her free time, Lexi enjoys diving, baking, and spending time with friends and family. If you have any questions for Lexi or would like to donate shoes, please contact Lexi at

Ashley Yen is 14 years old and currently attends St. John's School in Houston, Texas. In her free time, Ashley enjoys playing golf, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Through the inspiration of her friend, Lexi, and touched by Lexi's Aunt Cindy's contributions and efforts to the Souls Helping Soles Organization, Ashley was motivated to create a website to raise awareness about the lack of shoes in Costa Rica. She believes that if everyone donates a pair of shoes, there will be few or even no children in Costa Rica that are unable to participate in daily activities or attend school. If you have any questions for Ashley or would like to donate shoes, please contact Ashley at

Lexi and Ashley have been close friends since age 3 when they met at daycare. They both love hanging out together, experimenting with art projects, and supporting each other's endeavors, like collecting shoes for Souls Helping Soles.

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