April 6, 2017 (SUMTER, S.C.) – The YMCA of Sumter Togetherhood Committee and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated have partnered with Samaritan’s Feet, W. Lee Flowers Group, JO’s Grady’s, Palmetto Oyster House, Rabon’s Sav-On, and Persimmon Hill to provide new socks and shoes for 500 elementary school students. The shoe distribution event will also feature ice-cold Coca-Cola beverages and interactive games.
“Coca-Cola Consolidated is so grateful to partner with the Sumter community for this event,” said Kevin Gadsden, Senior Manager of Field Stewardship for Coca-Cola Consolidated. “It’s awe-inspiring to see local businesses and nonprofit organizations come together to give away hundreds of pairs of new socks and shoes to elementary school students in need.”
The event will take place at the YMCA of Sumter at 510 Miller Road in Sumter, S.C. on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event provides a unique way for students to start their spring break in the Sumter community, with the opportunity to be blessed by Samaritan’s Feet and business ambassadors who want to create a lasting memory for each person served at the shoe distribution.
Approximately 500 pre-registered students will receive a new pair of shoes and socks, have their feet washed by community volunteers, and receive a word of encouragement during the process.
About Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Coke Consolidated is the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Our Purpose is to honor God, serve others, pursue excellence and grow profitably. For 115 years, we have been deeply committed to the consumers, customers, and communities we serve and passionate about the broad portfolio of beverages and services we offer. We make, sell and distribute beverages of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies in more than 300 brands and flavors across 16 states to over 43 million consumers.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Coke Consolidated is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol COKE. More information about the company is available at www.cokeconsolidated.com. Follow Coke Consolidated on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
About Samaritan’s Feet International
Samaritan’s Feet is a 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization that shares a message of hope and love through washing the feet of impoverished children around the world and adorning them with new shoes. There are an estimated 2.2 billion people worldwide living in poverty and more than 1.5 billion who suffer from foot-borne diseases. The goal of Samaritan’s Feet is to create a world with zero shoeless children. Since its founding by Manny Ohonme in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its team of ambassadors and partners have blessed more than 6.5 million children in more than 85 nations. For more information about Samaritan’s Feet International, visit www.SamaritansFeet.org.
About the YMCA of Sumter
We're an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. For more than 100 years, the YMCA of Sumter has provided safe and caring environments, positive role models, creative activities and opportunities to serve the needs of people in Sumter, SC. These are the essential building blocks for strong kids, strong families and strong communities. When the first YMCA was established in 1844 in London, England, its mission was to promote positive Christian values and healthy behaviors through bible studies and other character building activities. Today, the YMCA movement has spread to 124 countries around the world, supporting and influencing the lives of 21 million men, women and children of all backgrounds.
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