Inspired by a community project for his bar mitzvah, then-12-year-old Nicholas Lowinger last year created a nonprofit to provide new shoes to children living in shelters. The nonprofit, Gotta Have Sole Foundation, has arranged for the donation of more than 450 pairs of shoes to local children. And Lowinger often makes the deliveries. The Cranston youth, pictured above with WJAR-TV NBC 10 anchor Patrice Wood, is one of three winners of the 2011 Rhode Island Jefferson Awards for volunteer service. Other winners selected by the station and the United Way of Rhode Island were Dr. Joseph DiMase, of Warwick, and Joseph Trimble, of Providence.