San Diego Business Journal

San Ysidro Health, a non-profit healthcare provider, will be hosting its 2nd annual “El Zapaton” children’s shoe giveaway event on Thursday, Dec 17 and Friday, Dec 18. The affair will take place at the organization’s corporate site, San Ysidro Health, Precision park. All safety protocols will be followed, including social distancing and wearing masks, and all attendees have preregistered.

The drive-thru event will provide new shoes, bookbags, food and essential health kits to the organization’s pediatric patients. This year, a total of 422 pairs of shoes will be distributed to children in the South Bay and East County neighborhoods.

“San Ysidro Health is committed to continue to provide comprehensive health services and support to all in the region including parents, many who are essential workers, and families who reside in zip codes where the COVID-19 rate is much higher than the rest of the county,” said Kevin Mattson, president and CEO, San Ysidro Health. “During this critical and difficult time we thank our generous volunteers, community partners, and sponsors for this collaborative effort and kind gesture for the communities we serve.”

San Ysidro Health remains open and continues to provide essential and accessible and affordable health care services for families, many of which are essential workers, across San Diego County. It currently cares for 35,000 children.

The "Zapaton" giveaway was made possible by the generosity of sponsors and community partners including: FALCK, The Doctors Company, Youth Philanthropy Council, San Diego, Zulaica Media, San Diego Gas & Electric, Gabriel Tortilleria & Mexican Food, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, CalPrivate Bank, Coronado DC, Apreva Hospice, MC Tax Solutions, California Sock Co, Community Health Group, Cricket Wireless, Centro Familiar, Olivia’s Bow Club, San Diego Party Rentals, and SHORE.