Sgt. Brian C. Jacklin is the son of Hacienda Heights Kiwanis member Susan Jacklin.
February 22, 2015
Kiwanis Club gives socks, shoes to 106 needy students in La Puente
By Richard Irwin, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
POSTED: 02/22/15, 12:15 AM PST |
The Kiwanis Club showed a lot of Heart and Sole on Friday during its fourth annual shoe giveway. The Hacienda Heights club gave more than 100 pairs of new shoes to students in the Rowland Unified School District.
The Kiwanis set up camp at the new Family Resource Center in La Puente. There, they greeted the families as they arrived for their special treats.
“This year, we’ve helping 106 students who have been preselected by the school district,” said Kiwanian Dave Malkin. “Much of the money was raised by the Rowland Heights Senior Pathfinders group. Ashika Shoes also helped a lot.”
After registering, children moved over to a large book case, where they got to pick out a free book.
Little 4-year-old Brianna Cazun chose a colorful children’s book, while her mom picked out another for older daughter, Janeli, who attends Telesis Academy.
Another 4-year-old, Edgar Fernandez, finally decided on an alphabet book. The colorful pages were full of everyday items that began with a letter in the alphabet.
Then it was on to the sock station, where the kids faced a kaleidoscope of colors. Brianna seemed fascinated by the rainbow of colors, finally setting on some pretty purple socks.
Of course, the main event occurred at the large tables laden with new tennis shoes. Fortunately, the children had already been measured for their shoe sizes.
So all they had to do was pick a color they liked. Brianna went with purple to match her new socks.
Malkin started the shoe giveaway four years ago.
“I grew up in a very poor family. We didn’t have much,” Malkin explained earlier. “My older brother didn’t have any shoes to go to high school,”
In those days, he said the PTA gave shoes to needy students, but the footwear was all the same color and style, so it had a stigma attached to them.
“My brother quit school in the 10th grade because he didn’t want to wear their shoes. He lied about his age and joined the Army,” Malkin recalled. “If there was anything I could do to prevent that (from happening again), I would.”
Diego Gonzales tries on his new shoes during the fourth annual shoe giveaway conducted by the Kiwanis Club on Friday. Service club members provided new socks, shoes and books to more than 100 students in the Rowland Unified School District for the Heart and Sole event.