In 2015, Project MKC was approached by the Italian Scholarship Foundation about a partnership in bringing winter boots to students in Mahoning County. Through a $10,000 grant, Project MKC was able to distribute 214 pairs of Made in USA boots to students at schools and organizations all over Mahoning County.

Over the years, MKC has been able to provide over 1,700 pairs of boots, shoes, and socks to area students through an increased grant from the Italian Scholarship Foundation, as well as contributions from other charitable foundations such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and The Jane F. Lamb Foundation.

The children are always so excited to receive a new pair of boots for the winter weather. For some, it was most likely the first new clothing item that they have ever owned. One student exclaimed, “it is like Christmas after Christmas!”

To date, Project MKC along with the Italian Scholarship Fund, Jane F. Lamb Foundation, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bombas Socks, and other community supporters have distributed over 9,000 Shoes and Boots, and over 65,000 pairs of Socks!