Shoe Giveaway at NewSpring

This past week NewSpring had the privelege of giving away shoes and socks at 4 elementary schools across the state to 1,592 children.  I have had the privelege to be a part of this for the past 4 years and it is always such a powerfully moving day.

In Anderson at Homeland Park Elementary School, there was one little girl that got so excited when her shoe box got opened and said to the volunteer that was helping her, ” I have always wanted a pair of shoes just like these, I love them.”

That is one story out of 1,592 that our staff and volunteers experienced this week.  I wanted to share one quick email we got from a volunteer that helped with the shoe giveaway in Florence and the impact that they saw:

I just wanted to share a story with you all.. I am a member of NewSpring Florence and I had the opportunity to be apart of our shoe give away at North Vista school here in Florence! I have a story to tell because I was so blessed by what happened that just I had to share it with you:

I am a dance teacher, at a local dance studio, and I got to see several of my dancers at North Vista Elementary School today.. one in particular I knew danced on Scholarship and when I saw here at North Vista I was blown away by her surprised yet sweet face looking up at me saying “do you go to the church that gave us shoes?” I replied “yes” Then she said “Thank you so much, my feet are in a new home and they like it.” with a smile on her face. I was brought to tears by this precious 5 year old who was so happy to receive her new shoes! She then gave me a hug and said “Bye, I’ll see you at dance this afternoon!” So later on this evening she came to her dance class, with her new shoes on, and her Mother told me (with tears in her eyes) please tell your Pastor THANK YOU SO MUCH for thinking of these children. She proceeded to tell me how tough life is for her right now after having her 3rd child under the age of 5 and how Kennerly wasn’t going to get to have a big Christmas, but these shoes have made her so happy she doesn’t want to take them off.. I can attest to that, she didn’t want to take them off tonight so that she could put her ballet shoes on.

I know that this is only 1 of a multitude of stories that a lot of people can tell, but I thought that it was so precious, and it really hit home with me! It showed me how much I DO have and how much I complain on a daily basis about little things, when there are children walking around with holes in there dirty socks and the sole of there shoe split in half. This shoe giveaway meant so much to me and I am so blessed and honored to be apart of a body of believers who just give no matter the cost!! I was taught a LOT today and it will never be forgotten!! Thank you for all that you do!

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