Shoes for Kids YQL Celebrates Its Third Year Giving New Shoes to Kids in Need

July 21, 2023

Lethbridge–A new school year brings excitement and anticipation for the prospect of new teachers, classmates, clothes and supplies. For children to reach their full potential they need to feel good about themselves and secure in their own world. At Lethbridge Family Services, we help create this confidence in children through our many programs and services. Empowering children at a young age is critical to their future success.

Lethbridge Family Services Shoes for Kids YQL pairs of shoes in different colours
This is why we are lucky to partner with Shoes for Kids #YQL. They believe that every child deserves to go back to school with a brand-new pair of sneakers so that kids can participate in sports, gain confidence and have shoes that fit them properly to avoid blisters and pinched toes, for peak performance. New shoes make an immediate and lasting difference for kids!
“It’s one less thing for parents to worry about, says Vic Rizal, Manager of Youth Settlement Services at LFS, “and it reassures families in need that their community cares about them.”
Last year, Shoes for Kids #YQL provided nearly 500 pairs of sneakers to children and youth in Lethbridge and surrounding Indigenous communities.

lethbridge family services Vic Rizal youth services shoes for kids Mallory Kristjanson
Mallory Kristjanson, Shoes for Kids #YQL Foundation, Board President (left) and Vic Rizal, Manager of Youth Settlement Services at LFS (right).
“Food insecurity is a great need and new shoes is not top priority. Too many families must choose between putting food on the table and buying new shoes. It is our hope that Shoes for Kids YQL will provide some relief to these families”, says Mallory Kristjanson, Shoes for Kids #YQL Foundation, Board President.
“And, we help throughout the year. When a child is in need; when shoes are falling apart and parents can’t afford to purchase new ones, Shoes for Kids #YQL will fill the need.”
Shoes for Kids #YQL is hosting a shoe collection event as follows:
Shoe Drive: Saturday, August 19, 2023
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm noon
Location: Dunlop Ford, 1510 Mayor Magrath Dr S
There are plenty of donation locations around town. Bring new shoes any time to:
  • Lethbridge Family Services, Youth Settlement and Angel Tree offices, 108-920 2A Ave N 
  • Freddy’s Paint, 210 17 St South
  • Lethbridge Police Service, 135 1 Ave South
  • Northside Little Caesar’s, 1702 23 St North
  • The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, 1016A 20 St South (by the hospital)
  • HiTech Bracing, 1321 3 Ave South
Financial donations will be accepted at any RBC branch in Lethbridge.

Check out Shoes for Kids #YQL on Facebook!
Media Contact:
Michelle Gallucci
Director, Advancement & Communication
Lethbridge Family Services

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