Shoes that Fit Program

December 18, 2013

Nexteer Automotive employees and the Breakfast of Champion’s Men’s Club are teaming up for the fifth year to donate about 235 new pairs of shoes to students in need as part of the local “Shoes That Fit” program.

Nexteer Automotive employees provided and packaged the shoes for distribution to the students. This year, they will donate more than 175 pairs of shoes to pre-kindergarten through third grade students at Henry A. Doerr Child Development Center and will distribute nearly 60 pairs of shoes to fourth and fifth grade students at Phoenix Science & Technology Center. Target Stores also participated in the shoe drive.

“Nexteer takes a great deal of pride in being an active partner in the community, and our employees are dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of children in need,” said Mike Gannon, senior vice president and chief human resources officer and Saginaw Division chief operating officer.  “This great program allows children to concentrate on what’s important – school – and not worry if their shoes don’t fit or are worn out.”

The civic-minded Breakfast of Champions Men’s Club, founded by Dwayne Parker and Greg Carter, is dedicated to advancing Buena Vista Charter Township. They created the local Shoes that Fit project to provide dignity, hope, pride and self-esteem to students in need.

“When children don’t have a decent pair of shoes, it affects their school attendance and ability to learn,” said Parker, who also is the Buena Vista Charter Township supervisor. “The Breakfast of Champions Men’s Club understands that, and wants to do everything possible so that students can concentrate on their studies rather than economic circumstances beyond their control.”

Parker approached Nexteer about partnering for the program to support local community schools five years ago. Since then, the Shoes That Fit program has donated nearly 1,250 pairs of shoes to local Buena Vista students.

“This program is greatly needed in our community. Up to 95 percent of the students within the Buena Vista School District are on the free meal plan, meaning their caregivers are living at or below the poverty level. In many cases, this could be the only pair of new shoes they receive all year,” Parker added.