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DaVita adopts elementary school, provides new shoes for every child

April 4, 2013  | DaVita in the News
For 405 students at Greenlee Elementary in central Denver, running, jumping and playing are serious business and they require serious footwear.

But at a school where 95 percent of the children are on the free or reduced lunch program, new athletic shoes can be hard to come by.

Enter DaVita and charity Shoes that Fit, which partnered to provide every child at Greenlee with a pair of new athletic shoes to ensure students can both play hard and go to school in comfort and dignity. DaVita is the dialysis division of Fortune 500 health care provider DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., headquartered in Denver.

"At DaVita, we often talk about how we can send out ripples of citizenship leadership," said Bill Myers, vice president of communications. "It's amazing how something as simple as a pair of shoes can do that creating smiles and making little lives a little easier."

Students at Greenlee were measured by their teachers, who provided 405 names and shoe sizes to DaVita.  Individual DaVita teammates (employees) purchased shoes for specific children over the course of a few weeks, and on April 1, the shoes were delivered.

Dozens of thank you notes from the children put smiles on the faces of DaVita teammates.

"I rely rely [sic] love the shoes that you gave me they were so byutefol [sic]," said one first grader.

"Thank you for my shoes. I love them and you are a nice person," said another.

DaVita teammates will contribute another 200 pairs of new athletic shoes to students at Swansea Elementary in the coming weeks. In total, DaVita teammates around the country will donate nearly 13,000 shoes to children in need across the country.
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