It’s summer, and the annual Tennies for Kids drive is in full swing.

It’s summer, and the annual Tennies for Kids drive is in full swing.

1. The program provides new shoes to children who need them when school starts. Last year the program brought in 1,000 pairs of shoes and raised $5,000, and this year’s goal is 1,000 pairs of shoes or $10,000.

“It seems like were collecting more money than shoes, which is OK. We still have about $3,000 to go,” says organizer Donna Siegel.

2. There’s a fundraiser next week. It’s from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 17 at Papa Murphy’s, 1521 E. 23rd Street in Independence. Mention Tennies for Kids when you place your order. The company is giving a portion of its proceeds to the program.

3. The Community Services League plays a key role. “The idea and hope is that people can take their donations to the Community Services League,” says Siegel. Its main office is at 404 N. Noland Road, at the intersection of Noland and Truman.

4. Fundraising has been ongoing. A golf tournament last month raised $760. “We’ve had several donors who’ve donated $1,000,” Siegel says. Also, Mayor Don Reimal is proclaiming next Monday as Tennies for Kids Day in Independence.

5. Volunteers are needed for sorting and distribution. The shoes are sorted in late July. Contact Bruce Bailey or Pat Farrell at the Community Services League. Backpacks with school supplies, plus shoes, are distributed to qualified families on Aug. 10.

“And hopefully some kid will remember how it feels going to school with a new pair of shoes,” Siegel says.