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Victoria woman starts Sneakers for Kids program

By Camille Doty
May 3, 2012 at 12:03 a.m.
Updated May 4, 2012 at 12:04 a.m.

Emily English created the Sneakers for Kids in Need program when she saw a girl with shoes that were two sizes too small.  The 29-year-old mother said it broke her heart to see it.  "School is hard enough," she said. "Children shouldn't have to worry about their shoes."

If you go:

WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Hospice of South Texas Chapel, 605 E. Locust St.

HOW MUCH: Free

FOR MORE INFO: Visit churchatspringcreek.org or the Sneakers for Kids in Need Facebook's page

Emily English's heart was broken when she saw a girl in pain for wearing shoes two sizes too small.

The 29-year-old mother decided to buy her son's classmate a pair of shoes that fit.

"School is hard enough," she said. "Children shouldn't have to worry about their shoes."

English created the Sneakers for Kids in Need program in September to help Children in Victoria.

She will have a kickoff event Saturday at The Church at Spring Creek, which conducts services at the Hospice of South Texas chapel.

There will also be a concert with Dr. Yahagi & The Mended Hearts and Sean Guzman.

The Harlingen native said she has received support from the Victoria community. Facebook has also helped spread the word.

Frank Ardoin has helped to organize the inaugural event.

"Everything is falling into place," he said.

People can donate new or gently worn shoes, or make a monetary donation.

If individuals are not able to attend the event, he or English can drop off shoes at F.W. Gross Montessori School.

English wants to distribute the collected shoes shortly before the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.

English has big goals for the program by rolling out the program to the rest of VISD. "Nothing is impossible," she said.

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