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Etnies donates more than 300 shoes for children in need


Etnies hosted a private holiday festival at the Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest on Friday, where it gave away more than 300 pairs of shoes to children in need.

“We’ve been doing this event for nine years now, and it’s a way for Etnies to give back to the community to help every child out there have a holiday just for them, especially children in need that might not get that at home,” said Anika Haag, public relations manager of Etnies.

At the event, children took photos with Santa, played in a bounce house and enjoyed games and activities. Children also watched with enthusiasm as Santa skateboarded in the park.

Etnies athletes also made an appearance, including skateboarders Nick Garcia, David Reyes and Alex Midler.

“I think this a really worthy cause that Etnies gets involved with and I ride for Etnies because they do good things for the environment and also on a humanitarian level,” said pro surfer Chris Del Moro. “Giving out free shoes and stoking kids out is crucial.”

Etnies has donated tens of thousands pairs of shoes since it launched the holiday festival nine years ago.

“It’s always important to give back in life,” said Pierre-André Senizergues, owner and chief executive officer of Etnies. “When I was a kid, I always dreamed about getting a pair of shoes. I come from a family of six, and I couldn’t get new shoes all the time. Sometimes it was only once a year, but I remember that one time a year made a big difference for me. [The event] is about making a difference for kids.”

Nonprofit organizations that brought children included Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Boys and Girls Club of Westminster, Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove and New Alternatives.

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