Thousands of Winnipeg's inner city kids get new shoes

If the shoe fits, decorate it! And thousands of kids did just that in Winnipeg's inner city Saturday.

Winnipeg children first in Canada to get BOBS shoes

Winnipeg's Central Park was jammed with thousands of children and their families Saturday, as 3,000 pairs of shoes were handed out. (Mike Fazio/CBC)

If the shoe fits, decorate it! 

And thousands of kids did just that in Winnipeg's inner city Saturday. 

Three thousand children in the city were the first in Canada to receive the free shoes, known as BOBS.

The event is sponsored by shoemakers Skechers, a major shoe company, and Quarks, a local retailer. 

The new shoes are part of Skechers' BOBS line; for every pair sold, a pair is donated to a child in need.

Winnipeg's Central Park was packed Saturday with children and their families as 3,000 pairs of the black shoes were handed out.

Dave Quark said he chose the inner city community to benefit.

"We aren't all at the same place in our lives," he said. "We may have gone through a tough time years ago when we needed something. Now we have the chance to give to other people, and just love to help them get their feet on the ground."

After they got their new shoes, children were invited to decorate them, while munching complimentary snacks from Pizza Hotline and Costco.
Organizers said since Skechers launched its BOBS program in 2011, more than eight million pairs of new shoes have been donated to children in need in the U.S. and around the world.