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Old Newsboys, Complete Runner kick off third annual shoe giveaway

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FLINT (WJRT) - (04/23/14) - During the winter months, the Old Newsboys of Flint are known for putting gifts under the tree. During the springtime, it's something else.

"We're in collaboration with Complete Runner and New Balance shoes. We're putting running shoes on needy kids," said Chris Hamilton, of the Old Newsboys of Flint.

This week, the Newsboys and Complete Runner are picking up the pace in their third annual shoe giveaway.

"Parents need to contact their schools. All the elementary schools have vouchers, and then the schools will contact Old Newsboys," Hamilton said.

More than 700 pairs of brand new running shoes have been made available for Mid-Michigan elementary school students.

"They're good quality shoes. We get them from New Balance, and these shoes are upwards of $50 to $60," said Curtis Thompson, of Complete Runner.

Part of the goal is to simply get kids interested in getting active.

"We want them to have a really good experience out there in getting fit, and the shoe is where we start," Thompson said.

The Newsboys want everyone to realize that their services stretch well beyond the holiday season.

"We also have an emergency box program that helps families that have had some sort of disaster and catastrophe and lost everything," Hamilton said.

In order to help make these programs happen, the Old Newsboys are hosting a big fundraiser at B's Bowling Center on Friday night.

"We have a six o'clock session and a 9 session, and it's one of many fund raisers we have throughout the year," Hamilton said.

Speaking of years - hard to believe, but the Newsboys are getting ready to kick off their ninetieth.

"We're going to have a celebration in July, Christmas in July at the Holiday Gateway Center, with a big blowout and dinner there on July 20, and it should be a lot of fun," Hamilton said.

For more information on Friday night's bowling event, and the shoe giveaway, click HERE
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