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Kids get free back-to-school shoes

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Lawton, Okla._Nearly 50 kids have new shoes to wear when school starts in a couple of weeks in Lawton, thanks to the Fit Kids Coalition, and several other donors in town.

They handed the shoes out Friday evening at an end-of-the summer carnival at the old Country Club Heights Elementary School. Saint James Baptist Church has used the building for a community outreach program since June. And when Lawton Police Officers recently gave a presentation for the kids, they noticed many of them needed shoes. So they reached out to Fit-Kids, and just two weeks later, they had raised enough money to buy 47 pairs.

 

Fit Kids Coordinator Kyle Rogers said, "We really felt for kids to be outside and be active they really needed good quality athletic wear, and so we wanted to provide that for them as they're starting back to school. So they can be as active as possible, whether in school or out."

James Taylor, the Pastor at Saint James Baptist church added, "We want to sustain the partnership we have with Fit Kids and all those entities, and hopefully this will be a harbinger of many things to come."

 

Taylor said the program attracted about 100 kids during the summer. This is their first year to offer it, and they're already looking ahead to putting on another carnival like Friday's around Christmas time.

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