Children receive new shoes courtesy of Rio del Sol Kiwanis
Shoe distribution follows Kiwanis' other clothing programs
FARMINGTON — The Rio del Sol Kiwanis club distributed nearly 50 pairs of shoes to children on Friday at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Farmington's Hilltop location off of Troy King Road.
The local location was one of five places where the Rio del Sol Kiwanis gave children shoes. Other locations included the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomfield and Apache, Bluffview and McCormick elementary schools.
The shoe giveaway is the newest of Rio del Sol Kiwanis' clothing distributions. Earlier this month, Rio del Sol Kiwanis provided more than 300 children with the opportunity to buy $100 of clothes at Target. The club also hosts an annual coat drive for children.
"It feels like when it comes to having to make a choice about money, sometimes shoes aren't as much of a priority," said Latisha Joseph, the development director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Farmington.
She said the shoes that were provided by Rio del Sol Kiwanis will help parents be able to focus on other needs.
"I like them because they really fit, and they're really cool colors," said Emmanuel Roop, 9, while showing off his black-and-red shoes.
To ensure the shoes fit the children, Rio del Sol Kiwanis members previously visited the Boys & Girls Clubs and measured the children's feet.
"The kids got really into that," said Lana Medina, unit director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Farmington's Hilltop location.
She said the children were excited to get name-brand shoes. The colorful shoes distributed to the children were all of the Fila brand.
"They have been asking daily, 'Are our shoes here yet?'" Medina said.
Melanie Paez, 10, was excited to try on her pink-and-black shoes.
"I've been waiting every single day," she said.
When asked why she was so excited, she took her old black shoes out of a bag and showed the holes forming in the toes.
Melanie said she likes her new shoes.
"They're nice and bright," she said. "My other ones are getting dull and gray."
While the children did not select the colors for the shoes, many of them said the shoes they received were their favorite colors.
Cash Lucero, 6, said he liked his new shoes because the dark blue Fila shoes are his favorite color.
Trinity Vinson, 6, also got her favorite color — pink.
"They look fancy," she said. "I like pink, and I like my shoes."
Cara Clark, 9, got teal-and-pink shoes.
"I love them, and they're very comfy inside," she said.
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