Kershaw’s Challenge is helping bring shoes to kids this holiday season through the Holiday Giving Tree. From Nov. 27 through Dec. 3, donations will be accepted that directly benefit Shoes That Fit in Los Angeles and Dallas.
Shoes That Fit is dedicated in providing children with new athletic shoes. Last year, the nonprofit organization helped deliver new shoes to an estimated 124,000 children across the country.
Donations of any amount can be made through the virtual fundraiser, but $25 will cover one pair of shoes for a child in need. The Holiday Giving Tree hopes to raise enough money to distribute 1,600 pairs of shoes this year.
The drive replaces the Kershaw’s Challenge annual live concert that was scheduled to be held in Dallas this week. The event was cancelled due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns and will instead resume next year.
This past October, Kershaw’s Challenge teamed up with Shoes that Fit and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to distribute new pairs of shoes to over 800 students from 92nd St. Elementary School in Watts, California.
The drive-thru event was held at Ted Watkins Memorial Park, with families also receiving food boxes. LADF additionally awarded Shoes that Fit a $20,000 grant to provide new well-fitting athletic shoes for children and a co-branded truck to expedite deliveries to low-income communities.
“While the start of the new school year has been unconventional, the need for a new, well-fitting pair of shoes is more important than ever to keep kids active and healthy as they learn remotely,” LADF CEO Nichol Whiteman said of the event.
“Too many families must choose between putting food on the table or buying new shoes. It is our hope this will provide some relief to the families and joy to the kids during these unprecedented times.”
Kershaw’s Challenge raises more than $85,000 for coronavirus relief efforts
In addition to helping provide shoes to kids in need, Kershaw’s Challenge raised $85,533 for coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts that were carried out by the Los Angeles Dream Center and Behind Every Door (Dallas).
Clayton and Ellen Kershaw generated the support by matching donations over a two-week period. Along with the Kershaws, Justin and Kourtney Turner, Max and Kellie Muncy, Chris Taylor, and Corey Seager and his fiancé Madisyn, also purchased food from local restaurants for it to be delivered to The Dream Center.
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