HAP Boots for Kids needs donations to keep those little feet warm this winter

HAP Boots for Kids needs donations to keep those little feet warm this winter

You can help  kids in need in Flint protect their feet from the unpredictable Michigan weather this winter.

For nearly a decade, HAP (Health Alliance Plan)  has collected and provided boots to children through its Boots for Kids program.  It can’t do it alone. HAP depends on the community to donate boots, money, and time to keep kids feet warm and dry.

“We take it for granted that anyone who needs boots is able to get them,” says Tom Spring, director of wellness and community programs, HAP. “In reality, boots can be costly for the typical family, considering that most have more than one child. I’m glad that HAP can help ease that burden for families that need the most help.”

You can donate new winter boots at one of the following drop off locations:

Tom Spring is excited about how HAP’s Boots for Kids helps kids in Flint, Saginaw and Bay City

The collection season runs until Feb. 28.

You can also donate online by clicking here.

There is another way is to help, and its good fun.

Take a “selfie” with the 12-ft. boot sculpture that has been making rounds in the area and post on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #HAPbootsforkids or #HAPMichigan to @HAPMichigan.

For every selfie posted a dollar will be donated. You can put up as many pictures as you want.

The boot will be at Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth’s 2018 Snowfest, from now until Jan. 28.  HAP hopes to get at least 1,500 selfies posted during the event, so snap away.

All money and boots go directly to the cause. Deliveries are made twice a month, but HAP checks often to see if boots are needed before a planned drop off.

With snow hitting in November and the bitter cold that has hung around, the first half of winter had a strong show of donations. With the recent warm up there is a concern those donations may slow. Don’t let that happen.

Remember, it’s Michigan and the weather is unpredictable. Even if it stays in the high 30s and 40s, it will still be wet.

In Michigan, winter seems never ending, and “eternity” is a long time for a kid to go with cold, wet feet.




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