Keeping kids healthy and active is very much on the mind of Emerson Goodwin, Regional Director for KentuckyCare. But it’s hard to encourage kids to participate in physical activity if they don’t have any appropriate athletic shoes to wear.
The KentuckyCare Shoe N 4 Kids shoe drive is designed to address this need. “We believe in serving families in need and encouraging increased physical activity for children and adults.” explained Goodwin. “Athletic shoes are a must have if you are going to be active.”
“Getting a new pair of athletic shoes is a highlight for children,” Goodwin added. “When you see the smiles on the children’s faces as they try on the shoes, you can’t help but be excited being a small part of helping a child experience joy.”
You’re invited to join KentuckyCare and their partner organizations in donating a pair of shoes to this worthy cause. Each pair of shoes makes a difference. This year’s drive wraps up June 2. Shoes can be left at the collection boxes at KentuckyCare’s four medical clinics and participating retail locations.
The 2016 KentuckyCare Shoe N 4 Kids was a great success. They set a realistic goal at 100 pair of new athletic shoes and a stretch goal of 200. Organizers were astonished that 303 pairs of new athletic shoes were contributed.
This is the third year for the drive. To date they have raised and donated more than 1,080 pairs of new athletic shoes. For 2017, the goal is 500 pairs of new athletic shoes.
You can also help by hosting a KentuckyCare Shoe N 4 Kids collection box in your office lobby, optimize your campaign on your social media outlets, and encourage customers and employees in western Kentucky to donate shoes or contribute to the purchase of shoes.
You can donate shoes at any KentuckyCare clinic in our area as well as any Lake Chem, Independence bank or Paducah City School location and the Graves County Public Library. There are also collection boxes at strategic Paducah Bank locations as well as numerous retail sites. The complete list can be found at kentuckycare.net/ShoeN4Kids
After collection, the shoes are then donated to West Kentucky Allied Services and the Family Resource Centers in Purchase Region Schools. They will help with the distribution to children in need.
For more information on this program visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Kentuckycare/.