Spokane Kicks for Kids raises more than 215 pairs of athletic shoes for local kids

You might remember a story KXLY4 News covered in March about a Spokane woman who wanted to collect shoe donations for local kids who can’t afford new ones.

Miran McCash, an avid runner, started Spokane Kicks for Kids with a goal of 100 pairs of shoes. What she ended up with was more than double. Word spread quickly about what her mission was and she ended the fundraiser with more than 215 donations.

McCash has been collecting athletic shoes for several months now. Tuesday, she got to see the light at the end of the tunnel. McCash gave out the shoes to Spokane kids on Tuesday. It’s a day McCash has been long waiting for. The day she takes all the Kicks for Kids donations and gives them out to Spokane kids. All the shoes are going to Holmes Elementary, Shaw Middle, and Rogers High School.

Tuesday was a lunch hour students at Holmes Elementary will never forget. Many kids got to head to the office and get a new pair of athletic shoes.

Some came in with shoes that were too small for them or were wearing shoes that were completely run down to the sole. Some students telling McCash their parents didn’t have the money to get them new ones. One little boy was barefoot in his shoes, telling McCash his mom couldn’t buy him new socks.

It was like shoe shopping at the Holmes Elementary main office. Only, none of the students had to pay a cent for their new kicks.

It’s exactly what McCash wanted.

“It was just really happy, I don’t know what else to say,” McCash said.

Just talking to McCash about her project, you can see why she wanted to start Kicks for Kids in Spokane.

“Because something just like a pair of shoes can change their day,” McCash said.

She said every kid needs a pair of quality shoes. They deserve it, no matter what their financial background.

“I mean, as a kid, you’re super active. You want to play on the playground, go on bike rides, and play with your friends – and if they don’t have that then it’s really hard for them to do that,” McCash said.

McCash said because Spokane Kicks for Kids was so successful this year, she plans to make it an annual fundraiser.

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