TANEY COUNTY, MO (09/07/17) - Every year, boys and girls will go to school without the right sized or old shoe. That’s why Shoes For Kids began to give kids some new kicks.
“It’s wonderful the difference you can make in a child’s life for them to be able to wear new shoes that actually fit," says the creator of the program Tammy Scholten.
Shoe donations began rolling in, and partners of the program started shopping for needy children.
“So we raised $2,000 and then we were able to donate $4,000 which bought, roughly, 400 pairs of shoes," says Bob Huels of the Branson Masonic Lodge.
Shoes For Kids received a little over 800 donated shoes last year with that number being surpassed this year, setting a new record.
With over a 1,000 shoes here these shoppers are cleaning the space out! And all the shoes are going to seven different local area schools, supporting kids in pre-school and all the way up to high school.
Schools are seeing students with shoes that are tapped up and their toes poking through. And at reeds spring, the need of Shoes For Kids is greater than ever.
Janie Loftin, the Reeds Spring Intermediate counselor says, “Sometimes they cry and sometimes they light up because they’re so excited to have that new pair of shoes.”
Loftin says, last year, she gave 100 pairs of shoes to students. Which is equal to, almost, one pair per student with 270 kids in the intermediate building. And all shopping volunteers have the interest of their students when it comes to picking out the best shoe!
“These ladies that are here, they know the sizes for the kids they’re picking out for," says Huel.
With every new shoe that was donated, tickets and coupons to Andy’s Frozen Custard and the Track Family Parks were given out.
And with every year becoming more of a success, Shoes For Kids will reach thousands more in need of shoes.