MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some local kids are going to start the spring running. It’s all thanks to the people at Allina Health, who have collected 10,000 shoes for kids in need.

A human chain loaded up ambulances with the shoes, which will be distrubuted at 30 area clinics.

It’s all about encouraging “healthy kids.”

“Shoes are really important as far as protecting the feet, allowing the kids to run and play,” said Dr. Eric Barth, a pediatrician at Allina. “It can actually be, not only inhibit them to run and play, but also interferes with their ability to focus in school if they don’t have good fitting shoes.”

The shoes were paid for by a partnership along with Allina Health.

The clinics have identified kids who need shoes.

They’ll be handed out this weekend.


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