Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

Passion 4 Kids in Desperate Situations (Passion 4 K.I.D.S), a local nonprofit for children, took 50 underprivileged children on a shopping adventure to Famous Footwear in late August in an effort to help provide necessary school supplies that their families otherwise may not have been able to purchase. The children were allowed to shop with their parents or guardians and choose whether they wanted to purchase two pairs of shoes or one pair of shoes and a backpack. Passion 4 K.I.D.S. founders Charles and Linda Van Kessler said, “We want each child to feel special at the beginning of their new school year. Something as simple as a new pair of shoes and a backpack can tremendously help their self-esteem. Knowing most of their parents are struggling financially, we wanted to make sure the children experienced the excitement of new shoes and a backpack.” In addition, the students were made to feel extra special when they found out that the store opened an hour early just for them.

Passion 4 K.I.D.S. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity dealing with abandoned, abused, handicapped, neglected, and underprivileged children all over the United States, as well as children with acute, life-threatening, or emergency health issues with little or no insurance or no government programs available to help them. The nonprofit has been recognized for their work with a proclamation from the City of San Diego and certificates of recognition from the California State Legislature and the U.S. Congress. For more information visit