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SC4K's 50th Anniversary

Shoes and Clothes for Kids 50th Anniversary Program

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our founder Morrie Sayre and his friends, Shoes and Clothes for Kids started serving Cleveland's neediest school children back in 1969. During that time, he engaged his community and worked with the local YMCA to collect and distribute shoes for children who lacked adequate footwear.

Although much has changed with Shoes and Clothes for Kids over the last half century, one thing remains the same: it still takes a village. We’re committed to providing students and families with the basic resources they need to learn, grow, and thrive but we owe much of the success of SC4K to our community distribution partners, donors, local school districts, volunteers, and teachers who all come together every single day to create a positive and lasting impact of the lives of thousands of Cleveland children and families.

Today we continue our mission by helping to eliminate barriers to school attendance for kids in need throughout Cuyahoga County by providing new school uniforms and casual clothes, shoe gift cards and school supplies to more than 10,000 children and nearly 5,000 teachers.

To celebrate 50 years of serving Cleveland's families in need, SC4K is committed to doubling our impact and raising an additional $1 million during our 50th anniversary year. Raising an extra $1 million is our largest fundraising goal ever, but we believe it is attainable because the community cares, teachers care, and you care.

We invite you to join us in honoring the founding work of Morrie Sayre, who saw a need and took action. With support from philanthropic friends like you, that small step was nurtured into an organization that now serves thousands of children each year but could do so much more.

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