Sandy Sneaker Giveaway At Far Rock Library
Responding to the continuing post-storm needs of young people in Rockaway, Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and SnowSports Industries America (SIA) recently held a free sneaker giveaway event at the Queens Library for Teens in Far Rockaway.
Nearly 300 children, teens and adults chose new shoes. The donation was intended to give support to communities in the Rockaways that were badly affected by Superstorm Sandy and where families are still struggling to recover.
One 15 year old said "OMG, I never got two pairs of sneakers at the same time in my life."
A 16 year old who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy said: "This is the first pair of new sneakers that I got since the Hurricane."
According to organizers, the SIA's donation was meant to give kids and their families, tangible proof that better days are coming.
The event followed the Friday, May 10th, distribution of thousands of items of winter apparel donated by SIA and its member companies at the Far Rockaway library branch. It continues K.I.D.S.' ongoing relief efforts for the families six months after Hurricane Sandy hit.
Immediately after the storm, K.I.D.S. staged product drives and holiday parties to distribute toys and other gifts to thousands of children, giving away more than $5 million of merchandise to brighten their holidays.
K.I.D.S. was founded in 1985 with the mission of providing new kid-essentials to children and teens who have been impacted by poverty and tragedy. Since its inception, K.I.D.S has provided almost $1 billion to help nearly 70 million children.
SIA is a non-profit member-owned trade association that works year-round with North American snow sports suppliers, retailers, reports, reps and service providers to develop products and programs that support individual and collective business needs.