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With a white suburban packed from the back end to the back of the driver’s seat, Natrona County School District’s Homeless Liaison Greta Hinderliter and resource educator Theresa Boomer, spent their day putting smiles on little faces and new shoes on their feet. It all started with a meeting around a table last week when Joshua’s Storehouse asked the Natrona County School District if any of our students needed new shoes.
Joshua’s Storehouse recently started a new program called Joshua’s KIDS. Through a fundraising effort, they were able to get hundreds of pairs of brand new shoes to give out to those who need them. Joshua’s Storehouse CEO, Jay Martin knew there was a need and offered to partner with the district to get them to the kids who needed them.
Ms. Hinderliter alerted six Title 1 schools telling the principals the details of Thursday’s distribution day. The principals identified the children who they feel could use some new kicks. As the suburban stopped at each school, the children came out in pairs, some one-by-one, there were boys, there were girls, there were little feet and big feet. The smiles on their faces said it all. As she was showed a pair of shiny red patent leather boots, one little girl beamed saying “I asked my mom if she could buy me boots and she said she couldn’t.” She walked to the playground with an extra spring in her step, sat down on the playground and admired her brand new boots.
By the time it was all said and done, there were hundreds of children who went home in a brand new pair of shoes. Special thank you to Joshua’s KIDS for the generous donation to the children of our district. It is truly amazing what a difference a single pair of shoes can make!