Kingston’s Great Skate Exchange, a program of the City’s P.R.O. Kids charity, which helps all of Kingston’s youth get access to recreational activities, has announced that it has begun accepting donations of gently-used skates.
The organization collects donated skates and matches them with skaters in need of a new pair – with this year’s drive particularly seeking both youth and adult sizes.
“We want to help as many people as possible this year. We need skates in all sizes so that we do not have to turn anyone away.” said Denita Dyck, Assistant Supervisor, Recreation Programs.
Anyone needing a new pair of skates can call 613-542-3817 to set up an appointment to be held at the Wally Elmer Neighbourhood Centre at 50 MacCauley St. These skates can then be taken home and used anywhere in the City.
Owners of gently-used skates willing to donate, can drop them off at any Canadian Tire store in Kingston, Artillery Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Wally Elmer Neighbourhood Centre, Cataraqui Arena, Centre 70 Arena, Invista Centre, or the Memorial Centre.
In last year’s skate exchange drive, about 350 pairs of skates were donated with most having been already donated to city children and families in need.
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