GENESEE COUNTY — The employees of Ascension Genesys, Hurley Medical Center and McLaren Flint weren’t about to let COVID-19 stop them from joining forces again this year to benefit Flint Community Schools elementary students.
The hospitals are celebrating 20 years of sponsorship of the “Shoes That Fit Connie’s Kidz” program. Coordinated by Flint Community Schools and the three hospitals, school staff identifies students in need of shoes, and employees at the three hospitals purchase them. Although the 20th anniversary of this special outreach effort in the year 2020 didn’t quite look the same, the “Shoes That Fit” campaign marched on from Nov. 16 through Dec. 11.
“We appreciate the hospitals and their frontline heroes for supporting this project for two decades and especially this year, said Ernest Steward, Director of Student Services & Centralized Enrollment. “We were really looking forward to celebrating the 20th anniversary in a special way but will have to do so in 2021. Students look forward to getting their new shoes every year and the hospitals are always willing to help fill the need no matter the circumstances.”
This year, hospital employees provided more than 800 pairs of shoes to students, which equals nearly 40 percent of the elementary pupils in the Flint Community School system. Students will receive their new shoes this week as is the tradition, which is just in time for their Christmas break. — G.G.