Max’s Kicks for Kids (MK4K) is an organization that provides new back-to-school shoes to children in need in Chester County. It was founded by Lynn and Tom Engle last July to honor the memory of their son, Max Engle, who passed away in 2018.
Max was the first male probation officer in Chester County’s WRAP (Women’s Reentry Assessment & Programming) initiative.
In this role, he worked with at-risk women who were on parole or probation. He helped these women rebuild and restart their lives, and by helping them, he helped their families.
To “keep his light shining,” Max’s Kicks for Kids will provide new, back-to-school sneakers for Chester County children who would not otherwise be able to afford them.
Recently, in partnership with Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children, MK4K made its first donation of 32 pairs of shoes for the children in the West Chester-based nonprofit’s programs.
Friends Association assists men, women, and children through four platforms of service, providing families with services focused on individual need and personal capacity, while offering compassion and tools to build a stable foundation for the future.
Jennifer Lopez, Friends Association’s Executive Director and founder of the WRAP program, supervised and was a friend to Max.
“We will never truly comprehend the depth of the impact that Max had on each person he interacted with,” she said. “His calm, compassionate, caring demeanor created a healing and restorative relationship for so many women. Through MK4K, his impact continues, and we are honored to be a part.”