Wide eyes and big smiles filled the Payless Shoe Store on Saturday morning as 50 students picked out their very own pair of shoes.
The kids, split evenly between Anna K. Davie Elementary and Cave Spring Elementary, proved themselves to be quite the shoppers. After having their feet measured by volunteers, they carefully perused the aisles of the store seeking the perfect pair.
The excitement came to a head once the box was in their hands and on the way to the counter.
The free shopping spree was made possible thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of the Citizens of Georgia Power Plant Hammond and Rome office chapters.
Rebecca Theakston, president of the Plant Hammond chapter, said the decision to provide shoes arose from what their service organization saw was a need.
“We were talking about school starting and what we could do to help. We had noticed that other chapters around were giving out school supplies, and so we wanted to do something a little different that would still be a big help for families going back to school. That’s when we settled on a Shoes for Students event,” she said.
Panera and Krispy Kreme both donated breakfast foods, like bagels and doughnuts, to give out to the hungry shoppers and their parents.
Jonathan Blair, a maintenance specialist at Plant Hammond, was one of the volunteers enjoying the looks on the children’s faces. He said he and his co-workers had been looking forward to the morning of the event for some time.
“It’s just about the opportunity to serve. Seeing needs in the community and just doing our part to fill them,” he said.
Thanks to a shiny pair of shoes, 50 kids got a kick out of their Saturday morning.