The children benefited belong to the Learn and Grow program in Santo Domingo and the Fundación Red de Misericordia de Santiago.
Santo Domingo, December 2018.- The Christmas season is one of the best moments to give, and because of Payless ShoeSource’s firm commitment to the development of families and communities in which it has a presence, they donated 500 pairs of shoes to children of the Learn and Grow program and the Red de Misericordia Foundation of Santo Domingo and Santiago respectively.
“Our greatest satisfaction with this donation, which is being developed for the eleventh year in the Dominican Republic, is that children can enjoy a shopping experience in Payless, having the possibility to choose, try on and acquire the shoes they like and accommodate them, and thus be able to continue with their academic, sports or recreational activities,” said Denise Bernard, vice president of Payless Latin America and the Caribbean.
Likewise, the executive reported that Payless contributes around 5,000 children from Latin America and the Caribbean who will wear a pair of shoes this Christmas.
During an afternoon of joy and fun for the little ones, the bond delivery ceremony took place at the Payless store in Galería 360 to the Learn and Grow Program Coordinator, Solanye Pineda, and in Santiago at the Payless branch of PriceSmart to Itzel Díaz and Olga Arocha, of the Red de Misericordia Foundation, at an event attended by dozens of children representing the 500 beneficiaries.
According to Eric González, Payless country manager in the Dominican Republic, it is already a tradition to give back to the vulnerable communities in which they find themselves. “Sometimes children cannot participate in different types of activities due to lack of a pair of shoes, and it is our intention to provoke happiness in Dominican families and help improve the quality of life of hundreds of children in Latin America and the Caribbean, so they continue on the road to conquer their dreams,” he said.
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This activity is part of the “Payless Gift Shoes for Children” campaign, which was launched in 2007 in Latin America and the Caribbean, as a Social Responsibility program, where Payless is linked to important social works that benefit children with limited resources in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and other countries in the region.
Payless ShoeSource, Inc., the most important specialty footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere, offers a wide variety of footwear and accessories at an affordable price for the whole family. The company’s mission is simple: To become the first choice of footwear and accessories for our customers, because of our style and value.
Payless was founded in 1956, in Topeka, Kansas, with the revolutionary idea of selling quality shoes at affordable prices in a self-service environment. Sixty years later, Payless continues with its self-service model combined with industry-leading customer service to provide a fun and engaging shopping experience for its customers.
About the Learn and Grow Program
It is a program of Price Philanthropies, a nonprofit foundation based in San Diego, California. This organization was founded by Mr. Sol Price, who along with his son Roberto Price, started the operation of PriceSmart clubs in Latin America since 1994. The Price family strongly believes in supporting education and investing in youth as fundamental aspects for development Economic and social. For this reason, it joins efforts with local institutions in each country to promote the education of children.
About the Red de Misericordia Foundation
It is a network that works for children in vulnerable conditions and victims of abuse situations, specialized in providing attention to their physical, social, psycho-emotional needs, applying biblical truths to promote their integral development and integration into the society.