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DaVita Inc. donates hundreds of shoes to Santa Ana elementary school

All students at Lincoln Elementary received a free pair of shoes

by Kirsti CorreaPublished: April 02, 2012 12:05 PM

DaVita Inc., a Colorado-based provider of kidney care services, has partnered with the Shoes that Fit charity to donate more than 1,000 pairs of shoes and socks to students at Lincoln Elementary in Santa Ana.

“Thousands of children can’t attend school in comfort or dignity because their feet hurt,” said Roni Lomeli, executive director of Southern California-based Shoes That Fit. “Today, because of this wonderful partnership with DaVita, we are able to donate shoes to all of the children at Lincoln Elementary.”

DaVita originally planned to donate up to 200 pairs of shoes to the students, but after hearing that 92 percent of the students at Lincoln Elementary receive free or reduced lunches and 100 are homeless, DaVita reached out to all employees for donations and pledges for all 1,030 students.

“We knew we needed help to get there, so we sent out a call throughout DaVita,” said Jill Calhoun from DaVita. “There are shoes here from all over California and as far away as Denver— our teammates really rallied for these kids.”

After Lincoln Elementary measured thousands of student’s feet, DaVita delivered the shoes in time for the student’s spring break.

“It’s amazing how the people at DaVita can make miracles happen for our deserving students in such a short time,” said Lincoln Elementary Assistant Principal Michael Baker. “I truly appreciate all their dedication, hard work, and generosity on behalf of Lincoln Scholars.”


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