It’s hard to learn and have fun with your friends when your shoes are too small or are too worn to protect your feet. These are things hundreds of students in Scioto County know for a fact.
Vern Riffe School students on Friday were gifted a donation of new shoes by LifePoint Church and Scioto Shoe Mart.
“The students are so excited to wear their new shoes and show them off,” said Tammy Guthrie, Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Director of School Programs. “This gift from LifePoint and Scioto Shoe Mart is timely as we begin to wind down the school year and students spend time on summer activities.”
This is the second year the local congregation has made gifts of shoes to area schoolchildren, having originally started with a goal of 500 pairs and raising the goal this year to 800.
According to LifePoint Outreach Director Chad Monroe, the donations are funded through what the church calls a “Be Rich” offering. This is when the pastor encourages congregants to be inspired by the fact that, according to global standards, they are among the wealthiest people in the world. One need that had been identified locally was for children’s shoes.
“It makes a huge difference,” Monroe said. “Kids win in the end, but everybody wins at the end of the day.”
Students are measured and the shoes are ordered larger so the child can grow into them. Monroe said LifePoint’s volunteers undertook this project ensuring there are no strings attached, it’s simply an opportunity to “love on the community.”
Vern Riffe School is the school program of the Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities.