Perhaps Jen Holen says it best when it comes to watching out for area youth. “Kids grow fast. They need new shoes often.”
Holen, Basin Electric event planner and charitable giving coordinator, says the cooperative recently held an internal shoe drive to help the local Carrie’s Kids program with its goal of gathering as many new pairs of shoes as possible for kids in need.
A drop-off box was placed in the Headquarters cafeteria, and Carrie Grosz, who started Carrie’s Kids about seven years ago, visited the building April 26 to pick up the donations.
“The thing that is so exciting is when the community gets involved and great things happen,” Grosz says. Carrie’s Kids served 1,500 kids last year. “We consider ourselves to be a VIP club for kids because we want them to be proud to be a part of our club.”
Basin Electric donated $200 toward Carrie’s Kids, a gift that will ease rising transportation costs for the nonprofit organization.
Terisina Hintz, who owns the local Steep Me A Cup of Tea beverage shop with her husband, Jerry, approached Basin Electric with the idea of setting up a drop-off point in the building. Hintz liked the idea of Basin Electric helping out with the drive, which she has also brought to her business.
“It was really easy for us to gather a lot of people together to bring it into the store,” she says. “It’s easy to pick up tennis shoes. You don’t have to worry about the sizes because, with all grade schools, a lot of tennis shoes are on sale this time of year, which is nice.”
Basin Electric’s shoe donations box has been picked up, but people can still give toward Carrie’s Kids by visiting Steep Me A Cup of Tea, 311 S Third St. in Bismarck. The business will give a free cup of tea to anyone who brings in a donation.
“We never expected to get the pairs that we have,” Hintz says. “It’s been a lot of fun.”