In The Image hands out free shoes to elementary kids
Caroline MacGregor August 27, 2013 | WGVU A long line
of families standing on the corner of Division and Rose, waits patiently for
their turn to find a good pair of shoes for the start of the school year.
annual event, S.H.O.E.S (help our elementary schools) takes place two weeks prior to
the start of school from August 19th to August 30th.
Director of In The Image, Jay Starkey, says this year the organization will
provide shoes to 37 local schools throughout Grand Rapids, Kentwood, and
Wyoming. All GRPS schools are being targeted including the two Godfrey-Lee Elementary
“Well, we buy the schools; all year we raise money year round for this whether through grants, fundraisers, people literally donating $13 to buy a pair of shoes for a kid.”
More than 13,000
students are qualified to receive new athletic shoes in time for the start of
school. In The Image also provides year round help to families in need with
household items and furniture, all for free.
Starkey says his faith has proven
reliable when it comes to helping others.
"You know I ask a simple prayer every day in some form or another: 'Dear Heavenly Father open my eyes,my ears and heart to your direction; help me to hear it, to see it, to feel it, and above all to act on it.' God is in control, I've learned to take my hands off the wheel and let Him steer and I just make it happen."
Houseman is a volunteer helping kids pick out and try on shoes. Eligible
children at various schools sign up and receive a certificate which they provide
when they check in at In The Image.
“Volunteers, just as they are available, meet a family, greet them, take them back and get a bunch of different shoes, socks if needed and hopefully find a wonderful pair of shoes that they love.”
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