LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Dodgers visited four elementary schools yesterday morning and handed out items ahead of the holiday season. As part of their annual vacation program, volunteers boarded the Dodgers Holiday Express bus and delivered 500 toys and 400 pairs of shoes, provided lunch, and partnered with WSS Cares! to donate 400 gift cards to students.
The program included four local schools: Solano Avenue Elementary, Castelar Elementary, Logan Academy of Global Ecology, and Elysian Heights Elementary Arts Magnet. Greeted by the sounds of The Cheat Codes, an American trio of electronic music DJs, the students were given toys and shoes before the holidays. The Dodgers have partnered with Shoes That Fit, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that recognizes the importance of owning new athletic shoes to confidently learn, play and thrive.
“Each year, the Dodgers are committed to spreading the holiday cheer by providing unique opportunities for children in our communities. This year, we took the Dodgers Holiday Express to schools surrounding Dodger Stadium and were able to surprise 400 children with much-needed gifts and a special visit from Santa, ”said Naomi Rodriguez, vice president of external affairs and relations. Dodger community. “We are proud to play a small role in spreading the well-deserved holiday cheer to the children in our backyard. “
“One in three children in the United States lives in low-income families, and shoes are one of the most expensive items to provide. When families have to choose between putting food on the table or buying new shoes for school, you can imagine the food wins every time, ”said Amy Fass, CEO / Managing Director of Shoes That Fit. “The mere gift of a pair of shoes can boost a child’s confidence, attendance and performance in school, and we’re so grateful that the Dodgers take the time to have such a positive impact on them. children of their community.