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Group hosts shoe drive for back to school

(Source: Dustin Rusmey) (Source: Dustin Rusmey)
PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

One Region 8 group is working to make sure every kid has a good pair of shoes for school this year.

Pay it Forward Paragould is hosting Kicks for Kids as parents get ready to send their kids back to school.

They're asking people to donate new or gently-worn shoes so families who cannot afford a new pair can still give their kids shoes.

Lindsey Williams, vice president of Pay It Forward Paragould, said this is just one way to help take the financial burden off of some families.

“Somebody may be wondering how am I going to get my kid back to school, just not being able to afford it, and this helps take that burden off a lot of people,” Williams said.

Williams is a mother herself and she knows how expensive school supplies and back-to-school clothes and shoes can be for families.

“I have been there, I have needed help with my kids before so it is good for the community to come together and want to give other kids gently used stuff that their kids can’t wear anymore,” Williams said.

People looking to donate shoes can drop them off at several businesses around Paragould.

The drop off points include Swirlz, Rouge Salon and Spa, Willow Salon, Postnet, 1st Class Cuts, Zaxby’s and Downtown Gypsy.

"You can drop them off there should be a tub in there," Williams said. "I would tie the show strings together just so it will be a little less messy or if they don’t have shoe strings then maybe put it in a zip-lock bag."

Williams said Pay It Forward Paragould recently had a school supply drive, which was also very successful.

She said events like this will help families financially and help the community grow.

“It hurts quite a few people financially, and the supply list grows every year, so if we can take that burden off a couple of people that great and it helps us come together as a community, and it is fun for a lot of businesses,” Williams said.

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