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Kicks4Kids Holiday Sneaker Drive 2015

Are you planning a trip to the Riviera Maya during this holiday season? Are you looking for an easy way to help some of the less fortunate children of the region? Please consider supporting Kicks4Kids!

During the past two holiday seasons, we have been able to put good sturdy sneakers on the little (and not so little) feet of over 1200 school age children. Some of the children live in remote jungle villages with no access to affordable shoes. Some of the children live within the city center but are from economically challenged families. Some have no family at all.

Good quality, new sneakers are very pricy here … about 300 pesos which makes them a luxury item for many families and completely out of reach for some.

This year Kicks4Kids has been adopted as an official project of the Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen Seaside. Seaside Rotary members … myself included … will take charge of collecting, storing, sizing and sorting the sneakers. We will then coordinate with other local community groups like The KKiS Project, DIF, The Red Cross and Rotaract to identify children in need and facilitate the distribution of the shoes.



How can you help?

Bring just one pair of NEW sneakers to contribute to Kicks4Kids from your local Payless, Target, Walmart or wherever you can find good quality shoes at good prices. They don’t have to be a fancy brand, just well made, sturdy, new sneakers that children can run and play in! One pair will be great. If you can bring more, even better!

• Sneakers can be for boys or girls
• Sizes most needed are child size 1 – youth size 7
• Sneakers DO NOT need to be in their original packaging
• Sneakers can be dropped off at any Amigos Network location

The Amigos Network locations accepting sneakers are:
Wah Wah Beach Bar – located on the beach at Calle 2
The BRIC Hotel – Calle 28 between Av. 5 and 10
Don Chendo – Av. 30 between Calles 24 and 26


Donate to Kicks4Kids. Because Kicks4Kids is now an official Seaside Rotary project, we are now also able to accept monetary donations through Seaside Rotary’s Paypal account. As all of our administrative and promotional costs are covered by local businesses, 100% of your donation will go toward purchasing shoes for needy children.

For more information, please email info@playaseasiderotary.org.
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Just a quick thank you to Julie for donating to Kicks4Kids. We have our first delivery of about 300 sneakers scheduled for this Sunday in the village of Nuevo Noh Bec. A few of the shoe sizes needed were larger than what we had on hand so I have already used some of the funds to go and purchase what we do not have. THANK YOU!!

The DONATE button on our website has been “glitchy” so we have taken it down until we can get it working 100%. The email address for our Paypal account is acarrerarc[at]gmail.com. Seaside Rotary treasurer Angel Carrera will make sure it is received properly and credited to the Kicks4Kids project! Any contribution is welcomed and appreciated!!

I know that buying sneakers is not terribly exciting or particularly heartwarming compared to baby dolls and soccer balls but believe me, they are very much needed and appreciated, by the kids as well as their parents who struggle to just keep food in the house. Without proper shoes the kids cannot go to school. Even the poorest families with children in public school are required to BUY uniforms and shoes in order to attend. Your donations make this a lot easier for a lot of families.

Nuevo Noh Bec in 2013
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Playa del Carmen Rotarians Bring Christmas Cheer to Nuevo Noh Bec

Today, thanks to the coordinated efforts of Seaside Rotary, Playa del Carmen Rotary Club and Rotaract, Kicks4Kids brought almost 300 pairs of new sneakers to the children living in the remote village of Nuevo Noh Bec. It was a long and at times emotional day but you wouldn’t know it looking at the big smiles on all those little faces. Thanks to everyone who has donated so far.

Check out all the pictures here on the Seaside Rotary website.

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Wonderful michele!
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Wonderful michele!
Thank you! We are really pleased to have been approached by another local community organization, Good Intentions, to provide sneakers for the children who are currently active in their program. We hope to be able to make that delivery next week!
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Michele, I will make a donation when I get home tonight. I didn't see this till now...
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Michele, I will make a donation when I get home tonight. I didn't see this till now...
Thank you so much!!!
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Thank you! We are really pleased to have been approached by another local community organization, Good Intentions, to provide sneakers for the children who are currently active in their program. We hope to be able to make that delivery next week!
This weekend, a nice woman named Paula and her daughters came to Playa and donated the sneakers we needed for the children in the Good Intentions program. For several years, this family has managed their own community outreach projects “Give Your Hands to the Future”. They fundraise at home in Indiana and then distribute gifts and necessities to families here on the Riviera Maya. This year, Paula reached out to me! There are going to be some very happy kids with very sharp new sneakers this Christmas!!




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Just tried to donate via paypal but it said that an error occurred and to retry later. I hate it when they don't tell me WHAT the error is...
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Just tried to donate via paypal but it said that an error occurred and to retry later. I hate it when they don't tell me WHAT the error is...
I am kind of clueless when it comes to Paypal. Maybe overloaded with the holiday season???
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I have no idea. I am going to try again tomorrow... not very familiar with it either so it could be my mistake too...
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All the sneakers donated by “Give Your Hands to the Future” for the children in the "Good Intentions" program have been labeled and set aside and will be distributed to the kids after the beginning of the year. We look forward to sharing those photos with you!

We still have contributions of sneakers and money coming in so next, we will be gathering new sneakers for the children in the village of "Invasores" to assist with a charitable Three Kings Day celebration organized by our friends at Coco's Animal Welfare. Coco's will be bringing gifts, clothes and shoes for the +/- 300 children in this economically challenged community, an ambitious project and one we are excited to help with!

At this time, Seaside Rotary and Kicks4Kids have approximately 60 pairs of shoes ... nowhere close to what we need. PLEASE, if you are planning a trip to Playa del Carmen or anywhere along the Riviera Maya, consider packing an extra pair of sneakers (or more) in your luggage. Donations will be accepted at Wah Wah Beach Bar, Don Chendo Restaurant and the BRIC Hotel. You can also bring donations to Coco's Cat Rescue.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us so far!!

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