Lethbridge, Alberta – Organizers of the second annual Shoes for Kids YQL event are once again praising the generosity of community members.
The goal of The Shoes for Kids YQL Foundation is to provide hundreds of southern Alberta children with a new pair of running shoes for the first day of school. A new pair of shoes can improve student behaviour and attendance, boost self esteem and increase physical activity.
Donations of shoes and money began coming in shortly after this year’s event was announced. Following the official drop-off event in front of the Enmax Centre Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, 256 pairs of shoes and more than $13,000 in donations had been received, with donations still coming in. Those still wishing to donate can contact organizers at [email protected]
Mallory Kristjanson, a founding member of Shoes for Kids YQL, thanked the community for once again rallying behind the worthy cause.
“We were grateful to see so many returning and new businesses and donors jump on board and thank everyone for their support,” she said. “There is no unity without community.”
The inaugural event saw donated shoes distributed to Grade One to 12 students in need in Lethbridge and the Kainai and Piikani reserves who were identified through the school system. Kristjanson noted a partnership fostered this year with Lethbridge Family Services will assist in providing brand new shoes to even more children in need.
Lethbridge Police once again provided assistance and support to Shoes for Kids YQL, with a number of police officers and members of The Watch volunteering their time at Saturday’s drop off.
“We want to thank our Lethbridge Police Service for their continued support for the second year in a row. We are blessed to have local officers and Watch volunteers who not only keep our community safe, but selflessly step up to serve children and youth,” said Kristjanson, who also praised the presence Saturday of officers from the Blood Tribe Police, Piikani Nation RCMP and RCMP K Division Indigenous Policing Services.
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