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Local children in need of shoes for school doubles this year

Amarillo, TX - While some children are wearing the perfect outfits they picked out for the first week of school, others do not even have a pair of shoes that fit.

That's why Mission Amarillo aims to put brand new athletic shoes on the feet of children who cannot afford them. Almost 300 children started this school year with a new pair of shoes because of Mission Amarillo, which is double the amount of shoes the organization gave out last August.

"The need is big," said Mission Amarillo Director Jeff Parsons. "That's why we have given away over 4,900 pairs of shoes since our inception in August of 2010."

Mission Amarillo works directly with Amarillo schools to make sure children who need shoes receive them. "When a school counselor or social worker notices that a student needs shoes, all they do is send me an email and we usually get the shoes to the schools in about 24 hours," said Parsons.

The shoe closet has given away so many pairs of shoes this August that they are running out of a couple sizes. Right now they only have three pairs left of men's size 7. The organization expects to give out about 1,000 shoes by the end of the school year, which is why they are trying to stock up.

They accept donations of new athletic shoes of all sizes and brands. "We just want the athletic type shoe so they can wear it for anything they might do because it may be the only pair of shoes that student has," said Parsons.

But Parsons said even one pair of shoes can have an impact. "We delivered some shoes to Sanborn Elementary once and the counselor over there said the girl put them on her feet and she instantly started smiling. And she saw her two hours later in the hall, and she was still smiling. A lot of kids in poverty wonder if the electricity is going to be on when they're home, if they are still going to live in that same home, and a new pair of shoes that we take for granted can have a huge impact on a child."

Right now, the shoe closet does not have enough shoes to last the entire school year. For ways to donate a new pair of athletic shoes to Mission Amarillo's shoe closet, visit their website at www.MissionAmarillo.org

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10

  

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