PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Hundreds of Petersburg Elementary School students are stepping into spring with a brand new pair of shoes, thanks to some Virginia State University students and Samaritans International.
“I’m going to show my mom, and my daddy and my brother my new shoes!” 1st grader Jaywon said, showing off his new sneakers.
Jordan Harry, a VSU student who helped raise funds for this event, grew up in Petersburg and wanted to help out the younger generation of his hometown.
“Not everybody has the simple essentials that you need to have in everyday life. As far as shoes and socks, I want to make sure the kids have that," Harry said.
Dozens of other Virginia State University student-athletes volunteered on Tuesday morning.
“This is actually my third time being here," Jovan Frazier said. He said he remembers being inspired by athletes while growing up and now that the shoe is on the other foot, he’s giving back.
“We all had that person we see, and say ‘I want to be just like them’. I imagine I had one kid that looked up to me like that," he said.
For other volunteers, this is a chance to let these kids have a better life then what they went through.
“I lived in a poor community in Trinidad, and I went to school with holes in my shoes," David Dick said.
As someone who always knew the value of a gift, he jumped at a chance to put a smile on these kids’ faces.
“My eyes were tearing up. I didn’t want to show it, but my eyes were tearing up. I remember those days, and just seeing these kids come out here today is really amazing, to see them all get new shoes – and beautiful looking shoes!”
The 300 pairs of shoes given out were only a small number of the 113,000 pairs that Samaritan’s Feet has given out in 2019 alone.
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