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Around 200 local children will return to school this year with fresh kicks thanks to community donations to The Salvation Army, and there is still time to help make it happen.
“Kicks for Kids” is a new program for The Salvation Army in Hendersonville this year, according to Social Services Director Carrie Israel.
Families signed up with their specific requests, and tags with the shoes needed were placed in various locations around the city for donors to pick up.
The shoe needs are for children in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Tags are still available at HomeTrust Bank, Ace Hardware, Pat’s Hair Designers and The Salvation Army, Israel said. A few dozen tags still needed to be picked up.
Israel mentioned the good work of Interfaith Assistance Ministry in providing school supplies to children, and said she wanted to focus on something that was just about shoes.
“We hope these shoes will be able to last them a while,” Israel said.
The initial goal was around 100 or 150, but after the Champion Hills community committed to buying 120 pairs of shoes, Israel bumped that number up to 200.
Champion Hills is always a large supporter of the Angel Tree project at Christmas, Israel explained, and she knew they’d be willing to step up for this cause, especially since many in the community may be seasonal and unable to donate to the present donation drive.
Monetary donations are also accepted and appreciated, and allow Salvation Army staff to purchase more shoes and help with other needs.
“To be honest, we could have probably signed up another 200,” Israel said of the response to the program.
Those interested have until Aug. 17 to pick up a tag or make a monetary donation to the cause.
Shoes can be dropped off at The Salvation Army, 239 Third Ave. E. in Hendersonville.
Families must have applied to the program in advance in order to receive the shoes, which can be picked up the week before school starts.
For more information, call Israel at 828-693-4181.