Claremont’s own Shoes that Fit receives state award

Claremont-based nonprofit Shoes That Fit was honored as a Nonprofit of the Year during California Nonprofits Day in June.

Shoes That Fit was selected for the honor by Assemblymember Chris Holden, who characterized the group as an exceptional nonprofit organization in his community, according to a release. The group joins nearly 100 other nonprofits from across the state in being honored in Sacramento.

Shoes That Fit is an organization that makes sure children living in poverty receive new athletic shoes. The new shoes allow the kids to, “attend school with dignity and joy, prepared to learn, play and thrive,” the release stated.

“More than one in five children in the United States live in poverty today, and California’s poverty rate is even higher,” Shoes That Fit Executive Director Amy Fass said in the release. “Together, we can alleviate the shame and embarrassment caused by circumstances out of a child’s control, all with a simple pair of shoes.”

California Nonprofits Day is an event formally recognized by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 54, which was authored by Assemblywoman Monique Limon, who is chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector.

Ms. Limon, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra were in attendance.

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