Published: Dec 13, 2012 6:24 PM EST
Updated: Dec 13, 2012 6:38 PM EST

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -  Payless is giving away a million and a half dollars worth of shoes this Christmas, to kids across the country and beyond.

The Charlotte County's Boys and Girls Club was one of a thousand organizations chosen to participate.

Thursday, fifth graders got brand new shoes.

The 'Payless gives shoes 4 kids' program, is serving kids in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and 11 Latin American countries.

Each child gets a 20 dollar voucher to spend.

This is the first year Charlotte County's Boys and Girls Club has participated.