A junior at John Carroll High in Ft. Pierce, Michael enlisted the help of his classmates as well as teachers who embraced the project. In addition the young men of his Troop 840 helped by passing out flyers throughout the neighborhoods imploring people to donate. He was in contact with former classmates of All Saints School in Jupiter who accumulated more sneakers as well as donations. Above all that Michael collected sneakers at his parish of St. Christopher in Hobe Sound. Family and friends were also recruited to chip in. Finally, he was asked to make a presentation to The Knights of Columbus, where he ultimately received much needed support.
In collecting the slightly worn sneakers, after inspection, some needed washing and others required shoe laces to be replaced. DiFederico laundered the sneakers and labeled them according to size and gender. He used the donations to pay for the shipping and to buy new sneakers. He also threw in a few soccer balls for fun. They were then shipped to Haiti and were given out to the children, just in time for school to begin.
UPDATE: On September 20, 2017, Michael passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review.