Step It Up is a ministry based out of First Baptist Church in Elgin, IL. Each year, Step It Up seeks to provide new tennis shoes to hundreds of children in Elgin and surrounding communities as they enter into the new school year. We are able to provide these shoes through partnerships with other congregations, businesses and through donations from caring individuals. Through this ministry we meet a need in the community and share God’s love with those close to home.


– We are still accepting shoe donations (only new shoes, no used) as well as financial contributions! Make checks payable to First Baptist Church and write “Step It Up” on the memo line – or, to make an online contribution, click the link below and select “Step It Up Shoe Fund” from the designation options.

– Our 2018 Step It Up Distribution Day is Saturday, August 4, 2018.
– We will begin assigning group numbers at 6:00am on Saturday morning.
– The first group will be brought through at 9:00am.

All children receiving shoes must be present, accompanied by an adult and wear socks.
– Distribution is limited to no more than one pair of shoes per child.
– All pairs of shoes will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis and children will not be given incorrectly sized shoes.
– Families requesting 4 or more pairs of shoes must present a birth certificate or medical card.
– We work all year to collect as many pairs of shoes as possible in a variety of sizes (taking into consideration the most needed sizes each year) but we unfortunately cannot guarantee that each child who attends will receive shoes.

– If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (847) 695-8700.