Saxon Shoes assists YMCA’s ‘Bright Beginnings’ program

In its 22nd year, YMCA Bright Beginnings will take local children from low-income families on back-to-school shopping trips in the next few weeks. Starting Monday, July 28, 2014 about 200 of these kids will receive new shoes from Saxon Shoes as part of this program.

“We started working with Bright Beginnings about 7 years ago and we love it. The children come in so excited for their fitting and walk out all smiles with a new pair of shoes for back to school” said Amanda Weiner, Special Projects Coordinator for Saxon. “All of the staff that work with these kids really enjoy it. It has to be one of our favorite times of the year.”

“The YMCA is grateful to once again work with Saxon Shoes for YMCA Bright Beginnings,” said Katie Gholson, director of community engagement. “This program not only gives children the supplies they need for the upcoming school year, but it provides them with a level of confidence that is invaluable.”

Children who participate in YMCA Bright Beginnings are those that receive financial assistance in its summer camps and child care. They take a trip to a local department store, where they are paired with adult volunteers who help them shop for two fall outfits, shoes, socks, and underwear. The children who benefit from the Saxon Shoes donation spend the money that they would have spent on shoes on other clothing.

More information on YMCA Bright Beginnings can be found at http://www.ymcarichmond.org/brightbeginnings.

The YMCA of Greater Richmond, a non-profit charitable organization, operates 19 branches throughout metro Richmond and Petersburg, serving more than 178,000 people each year. The public can inquire about job and volunteer opportunities, classes, programs, camps and memberships at http://www.ymcarichmond.org or at 804-649-9622.
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