Keeping Small Toes Warm, HAP's Boots for Kids Ready with 800 Pairs of Boots When Temperatures Drop
Flint, Michigan - November 8, 2013 - As temperatures fall, Health Alliance Plan's East Central Region office is ready to keep local children from facing the cold without a warm pair of boots to protect their feet.
HAP's Boots for Kids, which started in 2008, has collected 800 pairs of brand new boots ready for distribution. Last year, generous financial contributions from the community and donations of boots made the stockpile possible. The 2013 HAP's Boots for Kids campaign kicked off earlier this month. Residents can donate boots or make a monetary contribution at collection sites throughout the region (see attached for collection sites). Boots collected will be used for further distribution this year and in coming years for needy families in the area.
The project was the brainchild of HAP's Anita Moliterno, whose own family had financial struggles during her childhood. "Having freezing cold feet while waiting for the school bus, or playing outside, is something no child should have to endure," said Moliterno, General Manager of HAP's East Central Region. "Winter boots can be expensive, especially for families who have multiple children and low incomes, but they are not a luxury in our frigid Michigan winters. All kids deserve to have warm feet in the cold season and I am proud that HAP's Boots for Kids is making a difference."
New boots and donations will be collected from November through March 31, 2014 since cold weather often continues through spring months in Michigan. In the last three years, HAP has distributed new winter boots to thousands of children served by various shelters and missions throughout Genesee, Saginaw, Bay, Lapeer and St. Clair counties. For more information about HAP's Boots for Kids program, visit hap.org/bootsforkids.
HAP is committed to the well-being of residents in the region through participation in several additional community events, initiatives and organizations such as the annual classic car cruise, Back to the Bricks, the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Flint Youth Theatre, March of Dimes, Old Newsboys of Flint, Priority Children, Resource Genesee, The Whiting, Whaley Children's Center and Zonta Club.