Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
The 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers Holiday Express paid a visit to four local elementary schools this past week to distribute 500 toys and 400 pairs of shoes, gift cards, provide lunch and a photo opportunity with Santa.
The community work was completed in conjunction with Shoes That Fit and WSS Cares. Earlier this year the Dodgers announced a multi-year partnership with WSS, and have previously joined forces with Shoes That Fit on Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation initiatives.
Volunteers from the organization visited Solano Avenue Elementary, Castelar Elementary, Logan Academy of Global Ecology, and Elysian Heights Elementary Arts Magnet for the 2021 Dodgers Holiday Express.
“Every year the Dodgers commit to spreading holiday cheer by providing unique opportunities for children in our communities,” said Dodgers vice president of external affairs and community relations Naomi Rodriguez.
“This year we brought the Dodgers Holiday Express to schools surrounding Dodger Stadium and were able to surprise 400 children with much needed gifts and a special visit from Santa Claus. We are proud to play a small role in spreading some much-deserved holiday cheer to kids who are right in our backyard.”
Amy Fass, CEO/executive director of Shoes That Fit, added: “One in three children in the United States live in low-income families, and shoes are one of the most expensive items to provide. When families have to choose between putting food on the table or buying new shoes for school, you can imagine that food wins every time.
“The simple gift of a pair of shoes can increase a child’s confidence, attendance and performance at school, and we are so thankful that the Dodgers are taking the time to make such a positive impact on kids in their community.”
Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation breaks ground
Also last week, the LADF broke ground on what’s to become a 58th Dodgers Dreamfield. The project is poised to be completed at Maywood Park by April 2022.
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