Foot Locker and Fred Jordan Missions, which serves people in need in the Los Angeles area, have continued their three-decade-plus partnership with donations of new shoes, backpacks and school supplies to more than 3,000 underserved children. The 35th annual “Care for Kids” Back-to-School Giveaway took place on Sept. 22 on the streets of the city’s Skid Row.
“Every child is a VIP at this event, and we want to ensure that they feel seen and cared for,” said Joe Jordan, President of Fred Jordan Missions in a statement. “For many children, this will be their very first pair of brand-new shoes. This initiative, which my mother Willie Jordan started more than 30 years ago out of her own experience of not having shoes as a child, has been dedicated to changing the lives of children, one pair of shoes at a time.”
Foot Locker store associates, along with local volunteers, provided the children in attendance with backpacks filled with shoes, school supplies, hygiene kits and a new outfit. The event marked the beginning of the Mission’s “Season of Caring,” which includes holiday events, food, clothing and toys for homeless children and their families. According to the LA County Office of Education, there are currently 65,000 homeless children in the area.