Billy Lerner, also known officially to the world as William Lerner, is the CEO of the largest family-owned parking garage in New York – iPark. The company, which was formerly credited as Imperial Parking Systems, was started by his father, who found great potential in the industry. However, Billy’s life extends beyond the 150 facilities owned by his company. He is the founder of nonprofit organization “Billy4Kids” along with his co-director Alexson Roy, which promises the lives of kids with a simple effort – donating shoes! In this post, we will talk of his efforts and how his new initiative can be a revolutionary step towards the cause.
The start of Billy4Kids
Bill Lerner has been involved in charity work in varied capacities for more than two decades now. Apart from donations and offering direct help for many causes, he has also worked with organizations to help their efforts. Billy often talks about the fortunate things that American children have to their needs. In many interviews, he has talked how he would want to help the underprivileged children of the world, offering them the basics they need. This is how the seeds of Billy4Kids were planted.
William noted that kids in many countries don’t have access to the most essential things of life, which includes shoes and clothing. Without proper shoes, the kids are exposed to a number of parasitic diseases of the feet. With his friend and partner Alexson Roy, Bill started the journey with his own donations. Today, Billy4Kids works for children in countries like Haiti, Ghana and Brazil, and to help the cause, the organization places boxes in different cities, asking people to donate their gently used sneakers for these in need. Bill insists that the efforts need more people and therefore, every small step counts.
The journey ahead
With “Billy4Kids”, William intends to impact the lives of these children, who are missing on the essentials of life, and he uses his own parking facilities to place boxes, where people can donate shoes. With foot-borne diseases, children often lose a chance at better life, and the team behind the effort wants to influence others for help. Billy has mentioned time and again how he would want the organization to reach more countries, and he has requested young minds and common citizens to volunteer with Billy4Kids for the same. “Donating your old shoes can save a life” – Billy had recently said!