Rowland Water District Donates Money for Students' Shoes

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ROWLAND HEIGHTS (CNS) - Rowland Water District donated $1,173 to a charitable group to provide shoes for students in need as they head back to school.

The “RWD -- Our Community, Our Family'' program awarded the money, which was raised through a staff “penny competition,'' to Claremont-based Shoes That Fit.

“As essential service providers, we are dedicated to helping our community and recently created the `RWD -- Our Community, Our Family' charitable program to give back to our neighbors,'' RWD General Manger Tom Coleman said in a statement. “As we kick off this mission with our first donation, our employees recognized how Shoes That Fit makes a real difference helping children so they can focus on their education instead of being distracted by such a basic need.''

The demand for shoes, clothes and school supplies increases at the start of the school year, and has been exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amy Fass, CEO and executive director of Shoes That Fit, said, “Shoes are one of the most visible signs of poverty and old shoes that don't fit can be a sources of ridicule and bullying. Donations like this will provide new athletic shoes to help children start school with dignity and joy, while improving their attendance, self-esteem and physical activity.''

The “RWD -- Our Community, Our Family'' program provides district staff with donation and volunteer opportunities that give back to their communities.

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