New Mexico is ranked the highest in childhood poverty and KRQE and our partnerships want to do everything possible to make a difference in children’s lives who are struggling with poverty. This is how KRQE Cares Shoes for Kids got its start.
KRQE Community Relations Director Carolyn Rush explains that in teaming up with Assistance League of Albuquerque, they discovered there was a large need for shoes for children in Title One schools. Since then, over 15,000 pairs of new shoes have been distributed to children in need.
Carolyn says that about 3,000 students are in need of new shoes this year, with many never having a new pair before. President of the Assistance League of Albuquerque, Jan Davis says the children will leave with more than shoes on the day of their visit.
“They will go away with a brand new book, a lot of times a backpack. They’ll have toothbrushes, toothpaste, those things and a lot of times a snack,” said Jan.
KRQE News 13 will be holding a phone bank on Thursday, August 29, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to raise money for Shoes for Kids. The phone bank will continue from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on FOX.