New program hopes to provide running shoes for local kids | Community Spirit
Would you go for a run in flip-flops and jeans? The answer is more than likely no. Unfortunately, that is the reality for many area children participating in school running programs. A new local group is looking to fix that and needs your donations.
Michelle Neill noticed a need for running shoes while she was volunteering last fall with the cross country program at Lincoln Heights Elementary. Neill put out a request for gently used gear over Facebook. Shortly after shoes and shorts started showing up on her front door.
Soles4Youth was born and Neill, along with her friend Lesli Cleveland, wants to provide proper shoes and clothes for kids who love to run. They've partnered with Active4Youth who fund the fall and spring school running programs.
In their first few months, Soles4Youth has teamed up with Bloomsday, Junior Bloomsday and Marmot March to set up collection bins. Collection bins will be available at the Bloomsday Trade Show on May 3rd and 4th. The trade show is open and free to the public, so even if you aren't racing you can still drop off a donation.
To learn more about Soles4Youth or to make a donation check out their Facebook page