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Eleven-Year-Old Girl Donating 340 Pairs of Shoes to Kids in Need - Archived


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Eleven-Year-Old Girl Donating 340 Pairs of Shoes to Kids in Need
Carleigh Hofelich held collection drive last fall; Donating shoes this week

A 11-year-old girl who collected hundreds of shoes for kids in need will donate the items this week to the Kosair Children’s Peace Center at Our Lady of Peace, part of KentuckyOne Health. Carleigh Hofelich kicked off her annual fundraiser last September called “Carleigh’s Kicks for Kids.” In addition to the shoe donation, Carleigh will be surprised by a mural that was painted as a tribute to her by art therapists at Our Lady of Peace.

This is the fourth year for Carleigh’s collection drive. She collected 340 pairs of shoes for this donation drive, which will be given to other kids and young adults.

“Carleigh's Kicks for Kids” Donation to Our Lady of Peace

Tuesday, January 17
4 p.m.

Our Lady of Peace
Lourdes Conference Room
2020 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205

Carleigh Hofelich, “Carleigh's Kicks for Kids”
Dr. Christopher Hofelich, Carleigh’s father
Martha Mather, vice president, chief operating officer, Our Lady of Peace
Shane Fitzgerald, vice president of mission integration, KentuckyOne Health

Interviews with Carleigh Hofelich and her father, Dr. Christopher Hofelich
Video/Photos of the 340 pairs of shoes
Video/Photos of a mural that was painted in honor of Carleigh
Interviews with KentuckyOne Health employees

Carleigh started the collection drive when she was 8. She decided she wanted shoes to collect shoes for her birthday to give to others, rather than a gift for herself.

Last fall, drop-off sites for “Carleigh’s Kicks for Kids” were set up at Our Lady of Peace and Baptist Health Floyd.

In 2016, Carleigh won a Jefferson Award and was a finalist for a Youth Philanthropy Award for her efforts with this shoe drive collection.

Publish date: 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017