Thousands of Shoes Donated For Back-To-School Kids In Need

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A line wrapped around the gymnasium of the Boys and Girls Club in San Benito.

The families are getting new shoes before kicking off the new school year.

It’s an expense families won’t have to worry about.

Their faces were just so happy but they receive shoes for school.” said Liz Charles.

Charles and Alma Nunez with the Valley Day And Night Clinic, organized the Sole Search Shoe Drive.

“It’s just such a warm feeling to see these kids receive shoes.” Said Nunez with an accomplished grin.

The shoes are going to pre-selected families.

Charles and The Valley Day And Night Clinic worked with 16 local organizations to select the families.

When it comes down to it, the sponsors did their part but the community members who donated are the ones who really stepped up.

“To be able to donate a $6 haircut you know multiply that times 4 people donate shoes multiply that times four people it’s a lot of money we can help each other we just need to communicate” said Giselle Villarreal with 956-ABOGADO, the title sponsor for the Sole Search Shoe Drive.

While only the preselected families walked away with shoes.

Haircuts from Southern Careers Institute for boys and girls was quite the buzz.

“It’s important to them because it makes them look cool they look nice & style it just makes me feel happy makes them feel look clean look good look stylish” said Manny Villalpando with Southern Careers Institute.

Outside on the basketball courts, school supply giveaways, music, tooth brushes and turtles from Gladys Porter Zoo are getting the kids motivated for school.

And at the Boys and Girls Club kids can study and have fun after school.

“San Benito is a hard Cameron County we have kids from Brownsville San Benito and Harlingen. We’re right in the center of Cameron County. So it’s a great opportunity not just to showcase the club but showcase a community here in San Benito.” Said Hugo Zurita with the Boys and Girls Club, San Benito.

Everything considered, The Sole Search Shoe Drive, is a step in the right direction for these kids

“That is a warm feeling inside our hearts and that’s what we wanted to do we just want to get back to her community and make sure that they know we’re here when they need us.” Said Liz Charles

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