Shoes for Kids donates to Reid Health Care Pavilion patients
Justin Burkhardt, Reid Health Foundation, and Susan Ream, inpatient psychiatry, with shoes at the Care Pavilion.
An impromptu distribution of athletic shoes to patients at the Reid Health Care Pavilion in Connersville last week marked another first for the longstanding "Shoes for Kids" program of the Reid Health Foundation.
Shoes for Kids, funded
by the annual ReidRide, has provided money over the past 11 years to give out
more than 12,000 pairs of shoes to kids in the Reid Health service area. Last
Friday -- just three days after Reid Health took over the behavioral health
program for kids and youth -- 26 more
were added to that list.
"The children were very
appreciative of them," said Susan Ream, Administrative Director of Reid
Inpatient Psychiatry. "One said, 'This is better than Christmas!" Another
patient said the shoes were the nicest ones he'd ever had.
"When we took ownership of the Care Pavilion, we recognized there was a need. It made sense to provide shoes for these kids." -- Justin Burkhardt, Reid Health Foundation
Foundation Director, said the distribution came about on short notice when Reid
Health Care Pavilion staffers noticed patients who didn't have good shoes. "When
we took ownership of the Care Pavilion, we recognized there was a need. It made
sense to provide shoes for these kids. It isn't normal for us to have shoes on
hand, but we happened to have some this time."
ReidRide began in 2009
with less than 200 riders on a rainy morning at Petro truck stop. ReidRide 11
was just held on July 13. Funding from sponsorships and registrations provide
the dollars to buy and distribute athletic shoes throughout the region served
by Reid Health.