By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Rotary Club of Gwinnett hosts Kicks for Kidz on July 30th

Ensures Kids in Need Kick Off the School Year with New Shoes

Duluth – On Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Mall of Georgia the Rotary Club of Gwinnett County will host an exciting event to help start kids off on the right foot this upcoming school year.

2016 17 Theme pin 1.5.16 190The Kicks for Kidz shoe giveaway will serve kids in need across our community by providing them with a new pair of athletic shoes. 

In 2012 Victorious Living Church launched the Kicks for Kidz program with the aim of serving others by purchasing new shoes for kids in need. Since then, they've provided over 450 pairs of shoes for children being served through Gwinnett County’s Department of Family Children's Services (DFCS).

This year the Kicks for Kidz community partner list has expanded to include View Point Health, Victorious Living Church, Dick’s Sporting Good and the Rotary Club of Gwinnett County. Volunteers from these organizations will come together to meet, greet and direct foster parents and kids as they arrive. Some will serve as personal shoppers to interact with foster families and assist in shoe selection. These partners and other members of the community are pledging money to purchase the shoes needed. The goal for the day is to raise $12,000 so to give away 300 pairs of new shoes. This year the reach of this project expands internationally to also include providing shoes for children in the Lebone Children’s Centre in Grahamstown, South Africa. 

Gwinnett Rotary Club President, Karen Fine Saltiel, shares, “This project exemplifies our 2016 motto, ‘Rotary Serving Humanity.’ Our members are honored to help support the Kicks for Kidz event and give these children a great start to a new school year! Foster children in our community have so many obstacles to overcome already. We want them to stand tall in their new shoes and feel great about themselves.” Saltiel continues, “The international reach of this project this year was a bonus for us, as Rotary is a global organization. We want all of the children impacted to know there are people that genuinely care about them and believe in them and are here to help them succeed.”

Members of the community are invited to support the Kicks for Kidz effort by making donations online at www.kicksforkidz.org.

About Rotary: The Rotary Club of Gwinnett County was founded in 1973 and has proudly served the Gwinnett community for more than 40 years. The Club, made up of approximately 100 business leaders representing professional, government and non-profit organizations, meets every Tuesday at the 1818 Club in Duluth. The Rotary Club of Gwinnett is a member of Rotary International, an international service organization that brings together more than 1.2 million business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. 

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