The Shoes Fit at Winding Springs
Christmas came early for the 968 students at Winding Springs Elementary when they each received a new, free pair of shoes from Samaritan's Feet on Nov. 20. The organization brought volunteers from Northwestern Mutual Insurance who came to wash the feet of each child and get them fitted with new shoes.
"We're looking at the faces of the future," said Manny Ohonme, president and founder of Samaritan's Feet. "We're showing the students the importance of service the community and encouraging them to live their dreams."
Richard Worrell from Northwestern meet Ohonme and decided to work together to support CMS schools. In January, they hosted a similar event at Hidden Valley Elementary. "We thought this would be a great thing to do right before the holidays," said Worrell. "This is an amazing experience for the kids, but the adults enjoy it the most."
Third-grader Trezure Oxendine was excited to meet the volunteers and get a new pair of pink tennis shoes. "They're very pretty," she said. "They fit pretty good and are just fun."
Ronnie Madrid, third-grader, at first had reservations. "The water that they washed our feet in was kinda cold," he said. "Then I got used to it and now my new shoes feel pretty good."
Principal Courtney Wall said that many of her students were in need of new shoes. "Winter is coming and some of our students don't have acceptable shoes. Now they'll all be warm and comfortable."