GP M.A.D.E. teamed up with Mizzou wide receiver L’Damian Washington and The Crossing Church to spread some holiday cheer on Monday, December 2. The pair put on some Santa hats and gifted approximately 60 pairs of shoes to the kids of Coyote Hill. Afterward, there was a small party with hot chocolate and cookies to share the Christmas spirit.
Coyote Hill is the recipient of GP M.A.D.E.’s One Step Forward shoe mentoring program, their mission is to give children in foster care a safe place to be children and work to end child neglect and abuse.
In an interview with ABC17’s Andrew Kauffman, Coach Pinkel said that the foundation has been doing very well in its first year.
“I feel like I’m doing something significant, we’re really trying to reach out and help kids,” Pinkel said. “We’re going to keep trying to raise more money to help more kids.”
Washington, who is also a board member for the foundation, said the event is beneficial for everyone involved.
“I think it’s wonderful, just seeing the smile on these kids’ faces, just seeing the turnout that we got,” Washington said. “I think it always just does good for everybody because the kids are happy, and giving back just makes everybody heartful.”
GP M.A.D.E. chose Coyote Hill because the organization is a perfect reflection of the foundation’s own goals— making a difference every day in the lives of others.