Fifty deserving kids have new shoes thanks to Payless ShoeSource and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County.
The children, ranging from kindergarten-age to teens, will select the shoes during an in-store shopping event at the Boise Towne Square Mall Payless Shoes store on Dec. 18.
It is difficult for struggling families to replace out-grown or worn out shoes, said Colleen Braga, Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County Executive Director, and we see a lot of kids with hole-riddled sneakers and boots, especially during this time of year."
Braga said the Boys & Girls Club staff selected the children most in need as participants.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County was chosen for the award from more than 1,000 applicants to the 2012 Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program. According to Braga, nearly 80 percent of the Clubs members qualify for federal free or reduces lunches, and more than 40 percent live below the poverty line.
A first-grader selected to receive shoes told Braga, This is going to be the best Christmas ever and I should know, Ive been through six of them!
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County serve nearly 4,000 children and at-risk youth, and provide a wide variety of youth development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
For additional information visit www.adaclubs.org, or call 639-3167.