Running for a Cause

This day was much anticipated. Donors and recipients were ready for it. They had planned, scheduled, and literally, run, to make this day possible.

A few months prior, the annual Charlotte Turkey Trot race was held where people spent Thanksgiving morning running for a cause. Because Samaritan’s Feet was selected as the beneficiary of the race, two Charlotte-area elementary schools would receive Shoe Lockers.

The day was finally here! Tuckaseegee Elementary was receiving their Shoe Locker of 200 pairs of shoes. To celebrate the big day, six students came to the front of the school to meet Turkey Trot representatives, along with other sponsors like Novant Health, Ally, New York Life Insurance, DHG, Harris Teeter, and Queen City News.

They would be the first six students to receive shoes from the Shoe Locker. As they put them on, they jumped and sprinted around the school. They said things like “they are great” and “I am going to race with my family.”

“We are so grateful for this partnership and community. [This Shoe Locker provides an] opportunity to maybe take something off of a parent’s plate, allowing them to put money towards bills or something else,” said Alyse Bell, Social Worker, Tuckaseegee Elementary School.

Teachers and administrators chatted about how there is always a need. They mentioned that just the other day, a girl came to school wearing worn sandals when it was very cold outside.

“Day in and day out we see kids come by and something has happened, like the shoe has fallen apart or they need a replacement. So this will provide peace-of-mind for parents, just to have those things on campus; it’s just readily available,” said Bell.

The hope of Samaritan’s Feet for these six students, and for the others who will be served through this Shoe Locker, is that they feel confident and comfortable in the classroom and on the playground—that they have the chance to be a kid.

As the six children all got their new athletic shoes on, one yelled out “I can go fast!” Then within seconds, we had ourselves a mini race. The children ran down the driveway and back, all giggling as they reached the finish line.

Many people ran to make this moment possible; it had come full circle.

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