Olivet Boys & Girls Club and Fleet Feet of West Reading announced Wednesday morning they have joined forces to provide free and reduced-cost shoes to local youth in Reading and Berks County.
The partnership is an extension of Olivet Boys and Girls Club’s Hubs of Hope Care Closet initiative, which brings together a network of multiple community partners to provide various resources to serve youth and their families in need.
“It’s really in response to some of the challenges faced by youth and families as a result of the pandemic” said Kat Royer, Vice President of Programing for Olivet Boys and Girls Club.
“We really want to ensure that we can meet some of the basic needs of local families, because if those basic needs can be met, then they can come to our clubs, and we can continue to help them academically, and not have other distractions.”
Royer says clothing and toiletries are items donated often by members of the community. However, foot ware is frequently over looked as a needed item for youth and local families.
“Everyone at our store is super excited about this partnership, not just as a one time thing, we are excited about the opportunity to help the community” said Jason Corby, Retail Experience Manager for Fleet Feet West Reading.
In the partnership, Fleet Feet West Reading will donate, free of charge, any shoes returned to the store that cannot be resold new. All other shoes, such as clearance or old stock, will be sold to Olivet at 20% off, in addition to any clearance price.
To promote the partnership within the local running community, Corby said Fleet Feet is asking customers to bring donations to their regular Thursday night group runs in August. To kick off the partnership, Fleet Feet donated 75 shoes for Hub of Hope Care Closets.