Walk a mile in her shoes and you will see the generous heart of a 94-year old woman who grew up an orphan and loves to empower children. Laura Lewis is the reason behind 600 pairs of shoes and socks making it onto the feet of children in need in Indy. For the past 5 years, Mrs. Lewis has funded The Salvation Army’s Shoe Shopping event where more than a hundred kids shop for a new pair of shoes. The kids are also given socks and a backpack filled with school supplies.

This year, through The Salvation Army, Mrs. Lewis has made possible for about 120 children to have new shoes. The kids are all part of our Summer Day Camp programs at Eagle Creek, Fountain Square and our Shelter for Women & Children. Salvation Army volunteers assist each child with trying on and picking out shoes to make it a pleasant experience for all. Mrs. Lewis, who has been a Salvation Army donor and partner for 10 years, says she doesn’t want the children to have to worry about things like shoes or school supplies.

According to Stephanie Moore, Daycare Director at our Shelter for Women & Children, it was a timely gift for several children who came in just last night with only the clothes on their backs and tattered flip-flops.

Thank you, Mrs. Lewis, for making it possible for us to serve these children!

And thank you Shoe Carnival for hosting this event and taking care of our kids!