Pictured are some of the more than 40 Allina Health employees and family members who volunteered their time at Saturday’s event at Regina Hospital.
Three hundred children in the Hastings area have a new pair of athletic shoes thanks to Allina Health. They received the shoes at Regina Hospital as part of the New Shoes, Healthy Kids initiative that matched the new shoes with kids in need on Saturday (April 18) morning.
In total, 10,000 pairs of new athletic shoes and socks were distributed to kids in need over the weekend. Shoes were given away at 16 Allina Health locations throughout central Minnesota and western Wisconsin on Saturday, April 18.
"Shoes that fit are a basic necessity that many kids in our communities lack. Instead they wear shoes that are too small or too big, or in extreme cases, no shoes at all. Often, this lack of shoes inhibits their ability and willingness to be active," said Eric Barth, MD, an Allina Health clinics pediatrician.
Allina Health purchased 10,000 pairs of athletic shoes through a partnership with the Two Ten Foundation, BBC International, BCNY/Synclaire Brands and New Balance. Through these partnerships, the average cost of a pair of new athletic shoes to Allina Health was $7.5—less than 50 percent of wholesale cost.
"We are thrilled to help Allina Health with New Shoes, Healthy Kids. The footwear industry has mobilized unlike any other in the U.S. with a national program called Footwear Cares that will touch tens of thousands of families this month," said Neal Newman of the Two Ten Foundation.