FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — As we begin the season of giving, local organizations are stepping up to help children put their best foot forward.
On Thursday, the first Kicks for Kids shoe action event helped more than 50 families take home brand new shoes.
“They talk about my shoes, and they talk about my clothes, Uncle Joe, so it was around Christmas time that we went all out, bought this boy shoes for days, clothes. He never missed a day of school,” explains Joseph Perry .
Joseph Perry is the founder of the non-profit organization Boys2Men – Girls2Women. The organization aims to keep children in school, off drugs and out of gangs.
He was inspired to start the Kicks for Kids shoe campaign after realizing that confidence starts from the sole.
“Isn’t it amazing that something as simple as shoes can affect a person’s grades and outlook on life. That kid is now a Fresno state graduate,” Perry explains.
The event organizers were also inspired to make a memorable donation to a young man they consider a role model for youth…
He got the Shadow 2.0. The price tag on those Air Jordans – about $300 dollars, but the organizers say it’s worth every penny for students to strive for. It’s something Hoover High School Freshman Kion Hill taught.
“Always keep your head up and be great to everyone because you never know what they can give you, and just be a good person,” said Hill
This first event would help about 50 families, and there were already 30 families on the waiting list for the next shoe campaign.
“This is not a one-off shoe giveaway, we want to be the place where if you see a child who has holes in their shoes, you can call us anytime and you can come and shop at our shoe store,” added Perry. If you were unable to donate this time, the organization accepts donations all year round, for more information please visit Boys 2 Men Girls 2 Women
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