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Players sort and pack shoes and clothes for kids

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Several Browns players spent Wednesday afternoon giving back to the less fortunate in the Cleveland community.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Cleveland Browns teamed up with Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) to sort and pack boxes of new shoes and clothes for children in need throughout the Cleveland area.

Defensive linemen Ahtyba Rubin, John Hughes and Billy Winn, linebackers Craig Robertson and Jabaal Sheard, offensive lineman Alex Mack and long-snapper Christian Yount were grouped into three teams, all for one goal, to prepare these boxes for children who need it most. Players were tasked with making up the boxes, pulling and dividing clothing and prepping for distribution at the Shoes and Clothes for Kids warehouse.

“Just the feeling of giving back and knowing that somebody’s less fortunate or growing up without clothes is really important,” Rubin said. “I just wanted to do something to give back, so I made sure I came here today with my fellow teammates and did the right thing.

“A lot of people love the Browns, like watching us and enjoy the games. Giving back, especially to little kids, is a good feeling, and to put a smile on their faces is definitely a plus.”

The final destination of the boxes filled with new shoes and clothes are each of the center’s 35 distribution sites throughout Greater Cleveland. Distribution sites include Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland and neighborhood centers that provide some of these children with an opportunity to own something new for the very first time.

ABOUT SHOES AND CLOTHES FOR KIDS

Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) is the only non-profit organization in Greater Cleveland providing new shoes and clothes at no charge throughout the year to thousands of children in need. Through a network of 35 distribution partners, SC4K positively impacts the lives of area children by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having brand new shoes and clothes.

Founded in 1969, SC4K will distribute new clothing and Payless shoe gift cards with a retail value of over $2,400,000 to 25,000 children from income-eligible families throughout Greater Cleveland in 2013. SC4K continues to be a fiscally responsible organization with $0.92 of every dollar going to the children we serve. For the sixth consecutive year, SC4K has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an honor bestowed on only three percent of the nation’s charities. For more information log on to www.sc4k.org. Follow us on Twitter @sc4k.