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Donation provides shoes for local kids
by Report submitted · May 18th, 2017

On May 3, 2017, the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club was awarded $20,200 from the 100+ Who Care Cedar Rapids Metro organization for their Shoes for Kids program. The Rotary will use the money to provide new shoes to area school children in need.

Members of 100+ Who Care pool their donations to make large, focused contributions to local charities. Each quarter, a different charity is selected so members have a new opportunity to donate to an organization.

The Rotary's Shoes for Kids program provides school nurses in Linn County with shoe vouchers. The school nurses then identify students who are in need and hand out the vouchers. Families bring the vouchers to a Payless Shoe Source and exchange the cards for shoes. Since 2003, the local Rotary has provided more than 5,500 pairs of shoes.

Jacob Wittrock is a member of both The Rotary and 100+ Who Care. He spoke on behalf of the Shoes for Kids program at the most recent 100+ Who Care gathering. Wittrock says of the donation, "The impact this gift will have on a small organization like Shoes for Kids is overwhelming. Rotary and 100+ are a perfect example of doing good in the world."

The donation will provide more than 1,000 pairs of shoes to kids in need. The Rotary club supports the Shoes for Kids program primarily through events, including the All-You-Can-Eat Waffle Breakfast at Vernon Middle School this Saturday, May 20, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Admission is $8 and kids age five and under eat free. Tickets can also be purchased in advance through Rotary members at a discounted price.

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