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Helping "Soles"

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Hundreds of area children go back to school without shoes to wear.

Many area children either just have a pair of shoes to wear, some that are worn out or not even the right size. Community members are working as a team to help reduce the high demand by providing kids with shoes to put on their feet.

Highland Park ISD Board Member Cindy Spanel says, "We have a lot of kids that are economically disadvantaged. So when we have these fundraisers we really can help them. "

She says they have a lot of children who have special needs or whose parents are unemployed. "They bring the kids to the school, and they don't always have what they actually need... Anything that we can do to help these kids feel comfortable, and get a good education at the same time."

Lucy Hernandez is coordinating several fundraisers this week and next, and tells us about one she contributed to on a snowy day where kids were wearing sandals. "Their little feet were all purple. They were cold. As soon as we hand those shoes to them. They just got the shoes, and put them on without socks. And they were so happy."

It's fundraisers like Helping "Soles" that help make the difference in these kids' lives. Hernandez says, "For back to school I remember when I grew up in Mexico, we get one pair of shoes in Christmas. And I promise you every time we got off school I cleaned out my shoes, and put them back in the box and stay barefoot all day. And I thought why can't we just get together and just give. " 

Helping "Soles" has their first event tomorrow. It's a pancake dinner. There's also a car wash on Saturday at Nick's Fight club, and a Shoe-mbathon which is zumba next Friday. You can find the event information below.

 

Helping "Soles"

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*Pancake Dinner*

Friday

5:30 p.m. to 7:30pm

Burrito Stop, 114 S.E. 9Th Avenue

Adults $10, Children $5

 

*Carwash*

Saturday

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Nick's Fight Club, 1821 S.E. 23rd Avenue

Open Donations

 

*Shoe-mbathon*

Zumba

Friday, August 24

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Amarillo Wesley Community Center, 1615 S. Roberts Street

$5 minimum donation

 

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.