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Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri to provide free shoes to children in need

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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI

[Joplin, Missouri, April, 3rd, 2014] — Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri is pleased to announce that we have been selected as an official partner of Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource. We are among 100 charitable agencies representing all 50 states in the United States, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and 11 Latin American countries. Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri will be distributing merchandise certificates for children’s shoes to the families on our client list.

Founded in 1957, the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri has been serving the Joplin community for over 52 years. We provide a safe, nurturing and caring environment for youth ages 6-18 through after school and summer programs. “We believe community partnerships like the one we have with Payless Shoes is vital to ensuring our children succeed. We appreciate all the help they continue to provide the Club,” says Rhonda Gorham, Executive Director.

This is the sixth year of the Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids program. Although studies show that properly fitting shoes are important for children’s health and development, a striking number of children don’t own a pair of shoes that fit. We are working to remedy that here in Joplin, Missouri.

By helping families who struggle to provide their children with basic essentials on a daily basis, Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri, in partnering with the Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids program, hopes to relieve some of the stress parents feel and bring joy to as many children as possible.

The Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri will be at Payless Shoes, 1502 S Range Line Rd, today at 4pm for the Payless Gives shoe event. Visuals for media will include 50 children trying on and purchasing new shoes as well as Payless associates interacting with children. Media interviews with children and Club staff are available.

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