Warm Knits, New Shoes Help Make the Holiday Season Brighter for Students in Need
LIDS' Sixth Annual Cold Feet, Warm Shoes & Hats event in Indianapolis, Indiana, was a huge success thanks to the 100 LIDS/Genesco Inc. corporate volunteers in attendance. On Tuesday, November 30, more than 400 children from Joyce Kilmer Elementary School, IPS #69, were provided with a new pair of shoes, a new hat, a Converse t-shirt, and a pair of Crocs as LIDS' volunteers set up a mock shoe and hat store in the school's gym. In addition, the children were treated with a special t-shirt from the Indianapolis Colts distributed by Colts Linebackers Gary Brackett, Cody Glenn, Pat Angerer, Running Back Mike Hart and Colts Mascot Blue.
Through its Cold Feet, Warm Shoes & Hats program, LIDS and its parent company, Genesco Inc., are able to annually provide disadvantaged children in Indianapolis, the site of LIDS' headquarters, with the power of choice, the same respect and service that they would receive at any of Genesco's 2,300 retail stores, and the practical solution of properly fitting footwear and warm hats. Each year, the Company works with the United Way of Central Indiana and the Indianapolis Colts to host this signature event at a different Indianapolis Public School location in need. The initiative is supported by LIDS' Community Assistance Program (C.A.P.), which operates with the motto, "The Greatest Gift You Can Give Yourself May Come From Helping Someone Else."
NOTE: This year's Cold Feet, Warm Shoes & Hats event was made possible in part by the generosity of the following Genesco vendors: Converse, Vans, DC, Huffman, Puma, Crocs, Concept One, Top of the World, Bioworld, and NIKE.