GLENVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – In about a month, children will soon be back inside the classrooms. Mohawk Auto Group, along with DeCrescente Distributing Company, went on a shopping spree at the Clifton Park Famous Footwear last month to add more new sneakers and hoodies to the growing stack of donations for its ‘Kicks for Kids’ community project in support of Capital Region youth.

“I wanted to get into a situation where we can make an impact in the inner cities, where kids who don’t have anything as Pastor Charlie would say get all the hand me downs, we’d like to do a hand me up,” said Kirk Austin, Director of Operations at Mohawk Auto Group.

Kicks For Kids is a summer-long initiative launched by Mohawk Honda, DeCrescente Distributing Company, and Victory Church to collect new, name-brand sneakers and hoodies for local youth in need. Items donated will be distributed at Pastor Charlie’s annual back-to-school summer celebration, scheduled for August 21. The organizers plan to help about 150 local families.

Donations will be collected until August 12 and can be dropped off at any of the following locations:

Mohawk Honda
175 Freemans Bridge Rd Schenectady, NY 12302

Mohawk Chevrolet
639 NY-67
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

DeCrescente Distributing Co.
211 N Main St
Mechanicville, NY 12118

“There’s always a need. Some of these sneakers are going to go to a foster child who showed up in a home with nothing, so that’s going to be a blessing,” said Pastor Charlie of Victory Church.