CTFS Jumpstart Run for Kids helps buy shoes for students in need

CTFS photo – Over 150 participants took part in Saturday’s CTFS Jumpstart Run for Kids which raised more than $8,700 which can buy 350 pairs of shoes.

On Saturday, May 13, Canadian Tire Financial Services (CTFS) hosted its annual Jumpstart Run for Kids along the St. Catharines Canal Path. This year, CTFS has decided to donate every dollar from its 5K or 10K walk/run to the Snacks n’ Sneakers program.

“We believe that every child deserves to start the school year off on the same playing field as their classmates,” said Dave DiFelice, Vice President of Customer Service and Operations at CTFS. “This event is just one of many examples of CTFS’ commitment to supporting the communities in which we live and work.”

Snacks n’ Sneakers is a Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and CTFS program that benefits local families in financial need by providing school-age children with new running shoes. Over the years, Snacks n’ Sneakers has helped thousands of children from kindergarten to grade 12 start the year off on the right foot.

Jumpstart and CTFS work with the following community partners to help children in need in the Niagara area through the Snacks n’ Sneakers program:

  • Community Care St. Catharines
  • Community Care West Niagara (Beamsville)
  • The Hope Centre Welland
  • Port Cares Port Colborne
  • Project Care Niagara

“The Snacks n’ Sneakers program is a huge support and I’m not sure how I could have gotten my kids properly clothed and given them all the supplies they need for school without it,” said Florence Miller, a St. Catharines mother who, with her husband, is raising four children with help from social assistance. “Each of our kids needs two pairs of school shoes for indoor and outdoor activities—with four kids that’s eight pairs of shoes. The Snacks n’ Sneakers program is a great relief and allows me to have money left over for the basics like groceries.”

“If there was one message I could tell the people supporting the Jumpstart Run for Kids and the Snacks n’ Sneakers program, it’s that something that may seem so small is making a huge impact for families who really need it,” she said. “Through donations, fundraising or volunteering, you are making it so much easier for families around you and giving them one less thing to struggle with.”

“It’s very inspiring that we as a company are able to support the community in this way and knowing that we are helping local children in need,” said Sue Drake, a CTFS employee who participated in Saturday’s event. “In the past, I’ve volunteered for the Snacks n’ Sneakers program and it can bring tears to your eyes watching how happy a child can be receiving a much needed new pair of shoes.”

The event raised $8,700 which can buy 350 pairs of shoes, though donations are still coming in and the total is rising.

Source – Canadian Tire Financial Services press release



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