On Wednesday August 5, over 120 children from The Salvation Army’s Summer Day Camp programs received new shoes, socks, and school supplies thanks to the generosity of long time Salvation Army donor, Mrs. Laura Lewis. This was the fourth year that Mrs. Lewis, who is now 93 years old, has provided shoes for children through The Salvation Army. The event was held at the Lafayette Rd. Shoe Carnival store in Indianapolis. Salvation staff and volunteers, as well as the staff from Shoe Carnival helped each child find the perfect pair of shoes.
Back-to-school items such as shoes and school supplies have become a financial burden this year as economic recession has left many parents without jobs and some without homes. Many of the children who received shoes are currently homeless residents of The Salvation Army’s Shelter for Women and Children. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most of these kids. They don’t get to go shopping and buy new things. Most of their clothing is handed down. This means so much to them,” said Pam Fleck, Director of The Salvation Army’s Shelter for Women and Children.
The excitement could be seen on the faces of each child as they held their new shoes. “I never in my whole life thought I’d do this. I love my new shoes,” said Quinterria, one of the kids from the shelter. Each child received one pair of shoes, socks, a backpack, and school supplies. “The donation amounted to about $75 per child,” said Jo Ann Remender, Planned Giving Director for The Salvation Army. Also supporting the event was Degree of Honor, a local ladies service club in Indianapolis.