CSL's Tennies for Kids Fair will have different versions for Spanish, English speakers this year

The Examiner staff
Betty Snapp, left, organizes Tennies for Kids donations. The annual shoe giveaway to children in need will have two versions this year, one for Spanish speakers on Aug. 2 at Maywood Baptist Church and one for those who speak English on Aug. 14 at Community of Christ Auditorium.

The Community Services League is sponsoring its annual Back to School and Tennies for Kids Fair, designed to help local kids get ready for school by providing a free backpack full of school supplies and one pair of tennis shoes and socks.  

In an effort to design an event that serves Spanish-speaking families as well as English speakers, the program has been scheduled on two dates. The event designed for Spanish speakers will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at Maywood Baptist Church, 10505 E. Winner Road, Independence. This will be a drive-through event. 

The event designed for English speakers is set for 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 14 at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence.

Families who want their children to be eligible for the backpack and shoes, must register in advance at CSLCARES.org or CSL’s Facebook page, located at https://www.facebook.com/cslcares/posts/10158820379676531.

People who would like to contribute money to this event or who would like to volunteer to prepare the backpacks or help in other ways should email wingates@clscares.org.