Reno Rodeo Foundation hands out 29,000 pairs of shoes

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RENO, Nev. - (KOLO) Volunteers with the Reno Rodeo Foundation spent Friday morning unloading 29,000 pairs of shoes.

"We have a formal partnership with K.I.D.S. which stands for kids in distressed situations," said Clara Andriola, Executive Director of the Reno Rodeo Foundation. "They are a national organization that works with nonprofits all over the nation and they have a relationship with Sketchers."

Friday's distribution was for kids in foster care. But this weekend, any child between the ages of 2 and 12 is welcome to head down to the Livestock Events Center and pick up a new pair.

"What's special about these shoes is we have paint markers and they can personalize and decorate their shoes and really create an experience of ownership," Andriola said.

The shoes are going to kids in 14 northern Nevada counties. It's a community effort.

"We have so many local businesses helping out; Scolari's is actually helping transport hundreds of these shoes to Tonopah so those kids can benefit as well," Andriola said.

The shoes will be handed out at the Reno Livestock Events Center April 2 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.