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Shoes And Boots Program A Success
Thursday Dec 07, 2017 11:17am
Sturgis, MI

By: Mike Stiles

(STURGIS) – Christmas came a few weeks early for some Sturgis children.

The Sturgis Kiwanis Club and the Sturgis Elks held their annual Shoes And Boots event Wednesday evening. Sturgis Public Schools teachers submit the names of children to the Kiwanis and Elks Clubs who are need of a little extra assistance. Sturgis Kiwanian Doug VanMeter says this is an event he looks forward to every year. ...... {LISTEN}.

The evening started with the kids going to Willer’s Shoes for either shoes or boots. Next they were taken to the Great Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church where they had a pizza party, were able to get some hats and gloves, get a present and see Santa Claus.

Participating again this year was the Sturgis High School Key Club, which is sponsored by the Sturgis Kiwanis Club. Emma Boland shares how the Key Club is helping out. ...... {LISTEN}.

Over the last few years, the number of children being assisted has remained pretty steady.

The Shoes and Boots program traces its origins back to the early 1960’s.

(top left) A child gets the chance to meet Santa Claus. (top right) Some of the guests at Shoes and Boots show off the presents they received (bottom left) Children get fitted for shoes and boots at Willer's Shoes (photos courtesy of Mike Stiles and Tom Duke)
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