Our friends at FOX 13 are teaming up with Metropolitan Ministries to help kids in need.
I know as we get closer to the first day of school parents and kids may be stressed with all of the things they have to do. But there are thousands of kids in our area who are having a difficult time with basic needs, like clothing.
That’s why we want to share information with you about the $13 for 13 campaign.
It’s going on now through August 14. You can make a $13 online donation and Metropolitan Ministries will match it to purchase new SHOES for kids.
Justin Burke is the vice-president of marketing for Metropolitan Ministries. “We’re out of shoes. So this is a great time for this $13 for 13 back-to-school shoe campaign so that we can collect more funds so that we can go shopping and make sure we have more shoes in stock, for not only children that live here on our campuses, but we’re also case managing hundreds of families out in the community. You can donate $13 and we have an anonymous donor who is willing to match that $13 and then that’s enough money for us to go and bulk purchase a really nice and decent pair of shoes for a child in need.”
Many families are struggling during this difficult economic time. Burke continued, “We like to buy new shoes because that’s really part of dignity for our kids. We want to make sure that the kids feel confident and ready to go back to school with everything they need, including a new pair of shoes, which is something that really gets a child really excited…They will be distributed to all the counties that we serve including Pinellas, East and West Pasco, Hernando, Manatee and Polk Counties. A lot of people think that my $13 isn’t going to make that much of a difference and if there was ever a time when a smaller donation was going to have so much power. I think it’s definitely going to be this year.”
If you are interested in donating to the $13 for 13 campaign, you can click here.