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|Davenport Area Schools Join Mediacom’s “Shoes That Fit” Campaign|
|News Releases - General Info|
|Written by Alexandra Swanson|
|Tuesday, 06 November 2012 13:39|
Public Encouraged to Help Meet Clothing Needs of Local Children
Davenport, Iowa – November 6, 2012 – School age children from 14 Davenport area elementary schools will benefit this year from the annual “Shoes That Fit” campaign that supplies need-specific shoes and clothing to local elementary school students. The non-profit community outreach program is led by Mediacom, along with Davenport area business partners Mimzi Art and Frame and Deere Harvester Credit Union.
The purpose of Shoes That Fit is to fulfill specific shoe and clothing needs, matched to individual children identified by school liaisons. The donations of new shoes, boots, coats or other clothing are often the only genuinely “new” items available to children whose needs have been confidentially assessed. (School partners list below)
“The program is about more than shoes,” says Mediacom’s Jim Stoos who is vice president for the company’s OnMedia advertising division. “In many classrooms, teachers will see a child with only one set of clothes and a pair of worn out shoes to wear to school every day. This affects a child’s self-esteem, and it means that learning takes a back seat to embarrassment,” said Stoos.
“Thanks to Mimzi Art and Frame and Deere Harvester Credit Union, we can help local children feel good about themselves and feel good about being in school. Additionally, people who donate the shoes and clothes to make this program a success will feel especially good about giving tangible assistance to meet the needs of local children,” Stoos added.
The local business sponsors provide locations where community members can pick up Shoes That Fit donation cards. Donor cards describe the needed items and the specificity of the child’s gender and size. Individual donors shop for the items and return them, unwrapped, to the business sponsor. Mediacom’s OnMedia team ensures prompt delivery to the students through the school liaison. Only new shoes and clothing can be accepted.
The program is underway now through December 1. School partners encourage donors to shop for and return items as soon as possible, especially to get ahead of winter weather and the need for boots and coats.
OnMedia is the cable television advertising division of Mediacom. Local OnMedia employees have coordinated the Shoes That Fit campaign for the past 11 years. Throughout that time they have partnered with more than 50 elementary schools in Des Moines, Newton, Marshalltown and Ames and have donated more than 73,000 Shoes That Fit items to elementary school children in need. For more information on Shoes That Fit visit www.shoesthatfit.org.
Davenport Area Business Partner Locations for Donor Cards and Shoes That Fit Drop-off
Mimzi Art and Frame
Deere Harvester Credit Union - 5354 Elmore Circle, Davenport, IA 52807
Deere Harvester Credit Union -1090 South Congress Street, Geneseo, IL 61254
Deere Harvester Credit Union -1101 13th Avenue, East Moline, IL 61244
Local Elementary Schools where students benefit from Shoes That Fit
· Fillmore Elementary
· Jefferson Edison Elementary
· Madison Elementary
· Monroe Elementary
· Riverdale Heights Elementary (Bettendorf)
· Washington Elementary
· Wilson Elementary
· Bridgeview School Elementary (Pleasant Valley)
· Jackson Schools
· Buchanan Elementary
· Marquette Academy
· McKinley Elementary
· Children’s Village· Hayes School Elementary
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