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Kicks for Kids Shoe Drive off to a promising start
Organizer hopes to fill credit union's storage room with donations by Aug. 31

Mohave Community Federal Credit Union employee and ‘Kicks for Kids Shoe Drive’ organizer Ramona Baptista shows off some of the shoes she’s received since June 1. AARON RICCA/Miner

Mohave Community Federal Credit Union employee and ‘Kicks for Kids Shoe Drive’ organizer Ramona Baptista shows off some of the shoes she’s received since June 1. AARON RICCA/Miner

KINGMAN - It's been said that sore feet make the rest of the day worse.

An opportunity to ensure that bit of wisdom doesn't materialize lies in the lobby of the Mohave Community Federal Credit Union.

The credit union started the first annual "Kicks for Kids Shoe Drive" June 1, and will accept donations of new shoes for Kingman Unified School District #20 students through Aug. 31. Kingman Academy of Learning has not responded to requests from charity organizers.

"We were looking at ways to give back to the community and realized that along with clothes and school supplies, new shoes were expensive," said MCFCU employee Ramona Baptista.

She aligned with MCFCU CEO Anne Riley and Vice President of Lending Carol Roby to get the charity running.

"Shoes are one of the biggest expenses for kids and parents. A lot of kids wear the same pair of shoes all year long, if not for years in a row."

Baptista has been working with Shauna Castillo of KUSD and understands how important it is for children to have a fresh set of shoes for the school year. She has four children herself.

"It's one less worry for the parents."

The charity will accept new shoes of any type; tennis shoes, athletic shoes and high-tops for boys and girls.

The credit union is trying to put the word out to Kingman, Golden Valley, Yucca and Dolan Springs. Donors don't have to be a MCFCU customer to drop off foot-wear.

"We have a storage room in the back and we're hoping it fills up by the end of August," Baptista said. "We would like to do this every year before school starts."

So far, they have about 25 pairs of different styles of shoes in their box in the lobby.

For more information, contact Baptista at 928-753-8000 ext. 212.

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