Skechers donates hundreds of shoes to Fresno elementary students

Students got a special treat when Skechers stopped by their Central Fresno school to donate hundreds of pairs of shoes.
April 11, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Students at a Central Fresno elementary school hit the playground with brand-new shoes on Friday morning.

Rowell Elementary School students got a special treat when Skechers stopped by their school to donate hundreds of pairs of shoes.

"A lot of our students, the bottom of their shoes are ripping out; you can see toes on any given day. They can be wearing shoes that are often too small," said Rowell Elementary School principal Annarita Howell. "Today, they're going to get a pair of shoes that actually are theirs that fit them, just for them."

One by one, students entered the fitting zone and volunteers from Skechers, Famous Footwear and the school took time to help the kids find the perfect size.

"It's just great to make that connection. We can all talk about doing good, and charity work, and giving back to the community, but it's neat to actually be part of it," said Gerald Turetzky with Skechers USA.

In addition to the shoes, Fresno's Cupcake Bakery donated cupcakes to make the day even sweeter.

"Some of the kids were really funny saying they were getting 'chanclas' and cupcakes today, so we were excited about that," said Howell.

Their smiles were proof that this was a special day that they'll remember.

The donation was made possible because of customers. For every pair of BOBS sold around the world, Skechers donates one pair to people around the country and now right here in Fresno.

This is the first time Skechers has given away shoes in Fresno. On Friday, the company gave away 900 pairs of BOBS. To date, it has donated more than seven million pairs worldwide.


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