On December 1st, 2008 Ken Troupe (Mu-Gamma, Texas A&M University, ’91) had the idea that on the days leading up to Christmas he wanted to collect and distribute 100 pairs of shoes to the homeless in the Dallas area. With a quick email to family and friends with the goal of collecting 100 pairs of gently used shoes, he ended up collecting and handing out 280 pairs of shoes!

When asked if being in the fraternity helped push him to give back, Troupe answered,

“I would say 100% that being a Kappa Sig help put me in the mindset of giving back.”

Biking around town seeing the people wearing the shoes that he handed out, he quickly became known as “The Shoe Guy.” So, The Shoe Guy became a new movement for Troupe. He created a Facebook Group with the goal of gaining followers that will commit to giving two pairs of shoes to homeless in their area. To date, he has given away almost 3,000 pairs of shoes, averaging 300-350 pairs each year. Troupe still plans to continue to collect shoes in Dallas to personally give out and has already collected 100 pairs to give away this season. To aid in Brother Troupe’s efforts, and to learn more about The Shoe Guy check out his Facebook Group.

Kappa Sigma is committed to making a difference in the lives of others. It is this commitment that has provided the inspiration and vision for A Greater Cause – the Fraternity’s bold initiative to promote volunteerism, citizenship, and service to the community. During the 2015-2017 biennium, Kappa Sigma members raised more than $6.7 million for charity and volunteered over 1.4 million hours of community service as part of the initiative.