This New York native is giving back to nurses on the front line — one pair of Nike sneakers at a time.
Meet 26-year-old Ajon Crump of Bay Shore, Long Island.
On April 14, 2020, Crump launched #NikesForNurses, a campaign dedicated to providing brand new Nike sneakers to nurses working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I started because my cousin is a nurse in Florida and she’s probably the first person that I really thought about when the COVID-19 crisis began, knowing that she was on the frontline,” Crump said. “Her birthday was in early April and she expressed that she was looking for some new sneakers and that was really the first time that I thought that nurses definitely need sneakers.”
Ajon decided that if a nurse in her family needed new shoes, there were likely hundreds of others that could use the same. So, she got to work.
At first, she wanted to start small.
“I realized that my personal contribution to this COVID crisis would be donating Nike sneakers to about five nurses. I started out by ordering random sizes and posting on my social media that I had sneakers and wanted to give to nurses I didn’t know and some people reached out to me,” she said.
But the strong feedback she received, mostly from nurses, made Crump realize that she needed to do more.
Many of the nurses she spoke with relayed that most of their days are spent on their feet, and that being as comfortable as possible helps them do their job to the best of their ability.
So, Crump launched a GoFundMe page for others to join in and help nurses, too.
Now, Ajon’s goal is to raise $15,000 on GoFundMe, which would help her get about 200 sneakers for 200 nurses.
If you know a nurse who is on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis, you can reach out to Ajon Crump on her GoFundMe page, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
And as a New Yorker helping heroes at the epicenter of this pandemic, she has this message to all frontline heroes:
“You guys are the superheroes. You guys are literally saving the world and keeping us going and without you, we wouldn’t be where we are right now and there are so many of us that appreciate it.”