During their quarterly meeting, Women Who Care of Branch County chose the Happy Feet program for their quarterly $100 donation by each women in the group. A total of $___ was donated to the Altrusa Happy Feet with the fund which is held at the Branch County Community Foundation.
Happy Feet was established in 2008, as group members were made aware of the need for children ages 1-19 to have adequate shoes, boots, and socks. Branch County educators realized without these basic needs being met it hindered school attendance or students were struggling to learn because their feet were cold.
Since 2008, Happy Feet has purchased 2,400 pairs of shoes, boots and socks which have been donated back to Branch County children. Happy Feet volunteers work with a network of school counselors to identify children in needs of shoes in Branch County.
“The Happy Feet Fund at the Branch County has grown quickly because of Altrusa’s promotion of this fund and recognizing a need in our community,” said Colleen Knight, executive director of the Branch County Community Foundation. Tirelessly working behind the scene on this mission is Connie Winbigler, Altrusa member and Committee Head. “It’s because of Connie’s dedication to the children in Branch County and forethought to partner with the Community Foundation that this program is successful,” said Knight.
The Branch County Community Foundation is a non-profit organization and a nationally accredited and state-certified community grant-making foundation that serves communities in Branch County and Colon, Michigan by supporting charitable giving, building permanent endowments, and connecting community resources. For more information about scholarships, please contact the Branch County Community Foundation by calling 517.278.4517 or visit their website at www.BRCOFoundation.org.