|Published:||Aug 13, 2012 5:57 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 13, 2012 6:11 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Hundreds of impoverished Immokallee school children will start the school year off on the right foot.
Snyderman Shoes, Laces of Love and the Guadalupe Center are helping more than 400 kids this week at their "Fitting-in" shoe event.
"We've seen kids with duct tape on their feet trying to go to school because they didn't have shoes," said Snyderman Shoes owner, Jim Joyce.
Most kids have a hard time deciding which pair of shoes to wear on their first day of school. While others are wondering if they'll have any shoes at all.
"They're wearing socks with holes in them, the shoes they have on we can't even put them back on their feet, because some of them are way too small on them," said Jeanne Nealon with Laces of Love.
The back-to-school program began 20-years ago, by the Guadalupe Center.
"I'm so happy for them," said Merline Dieujuste with the center, "It gives me some much joy knowing that what we are doing is gonna bring them joy and help them start the school year on the right foot."
"Going to school in a new pair of shoes builds their self confidence and their self esteem and it can change their whole attitude at school," said Nealon.
Most of the kids are children of migrant workers.
"In the summer, there's no work in Immokalee and so it's hard for families to actually be able to purchase fitted shoes for the kids," said Dieujuste.
But what about the kids who couldn't attend the event?
"I measure the paper and fit the paper for a pair of shoes, that way they don't get left out," said Snyderman Shoes manager, Becky Joyce.
Snyderman employees will match the tracings and send the shoes instead.