Romona's Kids: Shoes and Clothes for Kids

Romona Robinson helping a child pick out his new shoes.
Romona Robinson helping a child pick out his new shoes.

There are thousands of children in Greater Cleveland who have never worn a new item of clothing, or bought a new pair of shoes.

Many of them feel ashamed of their clothes and have trouble making friends at school. But that's changing, thanks to a local program that's marking 45 years serving local families!

It's was happy chaos at the Payless Shoe Source at Steelyard Commons.

Shoes and Clothes for Kids hosted children from Catholic Charities Head Start. Each child was given gift cards to shop, and lucky for them, this day it was buy one pair, get one half off.

"It's so exciting for them not to get a hand me down from somebody else, their older sibling, so for them to come into a store, to look around, to try on, they'll be here for hours, trying on different shoes," said Valerie McCormack, Executive Director of Shoes and Coats for Kids.

"We believe that every child deserves the pride and confidence that comes from having something new," said McCormack.

Shoes and Clothes for Kids is the only local non-profit organization that gives out brand new shoes and brand new clothes at no charge year-round, to about 25-thousand children.

If you know a young person who's making a positive contribution in our community, you can send submissions to

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