Forty-Eight 1st and 2nd grade children gathered at Skechers in Gardena to receive school shoes and supplies. The children were from The Boys and Girls Club of Harbor City and the Volunteers of America. The Kiwanis of Rolling Hills Estates has teamed with Skechers for the last three years in support of the underserved children in our community.
Key Club members from Peninsula and Palos Verdes High School supported the program by helping the children select their shoes. After selecting their shoes and a backpack, with the school supplies, the children gathered in the patio for snacks and dancing.
On a somber note a memorial plaque was presented to Karen, Fred Held’s wife, to recognize Fred’s support of the club and Project Shoe. Fred recently passed away.
On September 10th, 2022 the Kiwanis Club of RHE held their annual Project Shoe program at Sketchers in Gardena. Fifty underserved children from our community received school shoes and supplies. The children, from the Boys and Girls Club and Volunteers of America, ranged in age from 2 to 6 years old.
We would like to thank all our members and the key Club students that supported the program. Special thanks go to Sketchers who teamed with us to make this a successful program.
Project Shoe continued in September for the 36th consecutive year, thanks to the resourcefulness and creative solutions of KRHE members and Skechers. Richard Sherman, who initiated Project Shoe over 35 years ago, coordinated with South Bay representatives from Volunteers of America, the Boys & Girls Club and the LA Airforce Base to give twenty-five 1st and 2nd graders from each group a gift certificate for school shoes and a back pack filled with supplies. An inspirational message from Kiwanis of RHE (in English and Spanish) was included with every certificate. Each recipient was encouraged to sign a contract to “pay the gift of their shoes forward” by doing something to help a family member or friend.
Thanks to donations to Kiwanis of RHE from local donors, members, and the generous support from Supervisor Janice Hahn’s office, the Kiwanis tradition of “helping one child at a time” has been preserved.
We remain socially distant, but Kiwanis connected!
On Saturday September 8th the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates held their annual Project Shoe Program at the local Payless Shoe Store in Torrance.
Seventy Five children ages 2 through 6 years, from the local Harbor City Boys and Girls Club, Volunteers of America, and children from military families, received a pair of shoes and a backpack containing school supplies.
Supporting the Kiwanis were high school students from the two local high school service clubs, Peninsula and Palos Verdes High Key Clubs and KIWINS.
The children were provided snacks and entertained with music and dancing. The program is unique as the children are asked to perform a task at home in return for receiving the shoes and backpack so that they understand that this is not just another free give away program.
On Saturday September 9th the Kiwanis of RHE held their annual Project Shoe Program at the local Payless Shoe Store in Torrance. Ninety one pairs of school shoes, backpacks and school supplies were given out to children from the Boys and Girls clubs, Volunteers of America and children from military families.
What makes this program unique is that the children learned that this was not a handout but a hand up. Each child was asked to do a task at home in return for receiving the shoes and school supplies.
The children were able to have drinks and snacks as they waited for their turn to receive their shoes. To round out the program there was music and dancing.
High school students from the Kiwanis Key Clubs and KIWINS help the children select their shoes.
We would like to thank Walgreens, Big 5 and Staples for the backpacks, and Costco and Ralphs for the snacks as well as the many sponsors who financially supported the program and Payless Shoe Store who hosted the program.
Each year the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates hosts a children’s school shoe party. This year Project Shoe was held on September 10th at the local Payless Shoe Store in Torrance.
The children are from the local Boys and Girls Club, ranging in age from 5 and 7 years, and come from the low socioeconomic families in our community. Each child is provided with a new pair of school shoes and a backpack filled with school supplies.
This year 89 children participated in the program. After receiving their shoes and backpack the children were entertained with music and dancing. Kiwanis and high school Key club members, along with staff from the local Payless Shoe store, assisted the children in selecting the shoes.