Donations of athletic shoes for kids are being accepted as the City of Mesa celebrates Global Youth Service Day. Residents are also encouraged to organize shoe drives or encourage local youth to participate in Global Youth Service Day by volunteering to lead and organize donation drives within their schools, clubs, churches, Boy Scout troops and neighborhoods.
Donations of new or gently used closed-toe athletic shows for kids in elementary school can be delivered to the City of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities, 200 S. Center St., Suite 101, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Mesa Chamber of Commerce will also be accepting donations from now through April 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its office, 40 N. Center St., Suite 104. Donations can be dropped off at Mountain View High School, 845 N. Lindsay Road, 9 a.m. April 27 in conjunction with Hersey’s Track and Field Games.
Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. Global Youth Service Day celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. This opportunity allows local youth of the City of Mesa to volunteer in helping those that do not have resources to purchase appropriate footwear for playing sports.
For more information on organizing a shoe drive, please contact the City of Mesa Neighborhood Outreach Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Alvis at (480) 644-3705 or firstname.lastname@example.org or to register for the Global Youth Service Day visit www.gysd.org/cityofmesa/athletic school drive collection event.
Participants in Global Youth Service Day are also invited to attend Hershey’s Track and Field Games, the longest running youth program of its kind in North America. The event is free to participate for boys and girls nine to 14 who will compete in separate divisions. Registration is available online at www.hersheystrackandfield.com or the day of the event before 9 a.m. City of Mesa’s Youth Sports is hosting the event and is partnering in the shoe drive to help benefit participants in any of their many sports programs.