The Lake Marion Rotary Club sponsored its first Happy Feet Program for children in the four elementary schools in Orangeburg County Consolidated School District Three. In cooperation with Payless Shoes in Orangeburg and with the help of a matching grant from Rotary International District 7770, more than 100 children received at least one new pair of shoes. The children were selected by teachers based on need. Rotarians pictured from left, Horace James, Dr. Gossie Heath-Mathis, Chasity Avinger and Gerald Wright.
With the cooperation of the Shoe Show store in the Walmart shopping center, the Georgetown Rotary Club sponsored a service project called “Happy Feet”. The Rotary program was designed to provide new shoes for approximately 80 boys and girls in K thru 2nd grades attending schools in the Georgetown County School District. Anne Hartis, Director of Service Projects for the Georgetown Rotary Club, said, “The program is designed to help families with younger children. It was so great to see how excited the kids were about purchasing a new pair of shoes and being able to wear their new shoes to school. Rotary is all about service and we believe this is a tangible example of service to our community.”
Coordinating with guidance counselors and principals at five Georgetown County schools, students were selected by the schools and letters of invitation given to the students. On a Saturday, October 7, the Club partnered with the staff at the local Shoe Show store for a three hour period for the students to come and pick out their pair of shoes. The Georgetown Rotarians along with the Shoe Show store staff fit the students, helped them shop and then checked them out at the register designated for the project.
Shoe Show Manager Nikki Edwards said, “This project was awesome and so much fun. It was great for our store, the Georgetown Rotary Club and the community. Everything went so smoothly, and the kids were so excited. It was a great day, and we were excited to be able to host this. It is a wonderful project!”
Nat Kaminski, President of the Georgetown Rotary Club, said the service project was partially funded by a Rotary District Grant. “It was a wonderful way to help young people in need as well as a great way for Rotarians to get together to do good in the community,” said Kaminski.
Pictured in the photo: From left, Rotarians Alan Walters, Sam Hamilton, Shoe Show staff Keshawn Keith, Krista Simmons, Whitney “Nikki” Edwards, Sabrina Casselman, Hillary Caddell, Joyce Messinger, and Rotarians Anne Hartis, and Ed Kimbourgh
The Okatie Rotary Club sponsored a successful charity event entitled “Happy Feet” on Saturday, January 11, 2014. In partnership with Payless Shoes of Bluffton, children from two local elementary schools were able to shop for new shoes and socks with their parents.
Denise Charles and Samantha Wolters, Social Workers from Pritchardville and Okatie Elementary Schools respectively, were instrumental in identifying needy children from their schools. Both were on hand to assist students and their parents along with several teachers from the schools.
Families were treated to hot coffee, hot chocolate, orange juice and fresh donuts after their shopping experience, served by Rotarians.
This event was made possible through matched a Rotary District grant and matching Okatie Rotary funds.
Kim Washington, Assistant Manager for Payless Shoes, opened the store at 7:15am to prepare for the families. Cain Quinones and Vincent Clayton, Managers from Savannah Payless stores also assisted families along with Rotary volunteers who measured feet, and distributed socks.
The event, which was held from 7:30-9:30am, served 84 families.
Rotarians who participated were John and Joy Mosca, Fred Niehoff, Barbara Mc Fadden, Jane Higdon, Matt Smith, David Jacox, and Frank Nappi. Current President, Annemarie Neubecker commented that the smiling faces of children and families made an otherwise dreary morning memorable.
Volunteer Nora Donaldson helps an elementary school student pick out a pair of shoes on Saturday at the Bluffton Rotary Club’s annual “Happy Feet” event at Payless Shoes. Rotarians treated 163 students at Michael C. Riley, Red Cedar and Bluffton elementary schools to free pairs of shoes.
Michael C. Riley Elementary School teacher Doris Beishir helps a student pick out a pair of shoes on Saturday at the Bluffton Rotary Club’s annual “Happy Feet” event at Payless Shoes. Rotarians treated more than 163 students at Michael C. Riley, Red Cedar and Bluffton elementary schools to free pairs of shoes.
Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island held Happy Feet & Warm Bodies. The event distributed shoes and jackets to children in the Hilton Head Island area. The shoes were donated by Belk and their distributors, Trimfoot, BCNY, Deer Stags & LA Gear. A special thanks goes to Scott Sutton and his team at Belk for their efforts to make the event a success.
Happiness is a new pair of shoes…..a really cool new pair of shoes. For many of our Island school children, ‘new shoes’ is a rare event. So our Club made Happy Feet. Funded in part by our District Matching Grant of $3000 (thanks to the Rotary Foundation money that gets returned to us), and in partnership with Belk’s Department Store, a carefully selected group of 200 children from the HHI Early Childhood and Elementary schools were invited to come to the store and be fitted for a new pair of shoes and new jackets. There were several styles from which to choose.
If you’re a Rotarian in the Greater Charleston area, mark your calendars for Rotary Happy Feet. A partnership between Mount Pleasant Lunch Rotary and East Cooper Breakfast Rotary, Happy Feet provides school shoes for needy children in the East Cooper area. Last year, the two clubs gave away almost two hundred pairs of shoes.
What: Rotary Happy Feet
When: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Time: 7am – 9am
Where: Mount Pleasant Target, 1300 Long Grove Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC