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Payless ShoeSource Program Provides Free Shoes to Boys and Girls Club Kids

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Local Boys and Girls Club children were able to get free shoes Wednesday night thanks to a Payless ShoeSource program.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  Christmas came early to a group of local kids at the Boys and Girls Club Wednesday night.

A group of children were able to pick out new shoes as part of Payless ShoeSource's "Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids" program.

Around the world, this program is giving more than $1.5 million worth of free shoes to children of families in need this holiday season.

For many kids accustomed to used and hand me down shoes, this will be their first pair of new kicks.

"It's so great to be a part of," says Boys and Girls Club Program Director Brandy Enver.  "And I think our kids really need it and that's the best part."

All three of Springfield's Boys and Girls Club locations were able to bring 50 kids to the Payless ShoeSource shoe store to pick out early Christmas gifts.

"50 kids, $20, three clubs, 50 kids at each club," says Enver.  "I mean that's a lot of shoes and we get to be a part of that."

For many of the kids, something as simple as a new pair of shoes means a lot.

"There are a lot of them during this time that could use a little help and generosity," says Enver.  "And we are so happy that we have the opportunity to do this for kids and that we have people in the community that support the Boys and Girls Club and who are willing to donate their time and money."

It didn't take the kids long to pick out the perfect pair of shoes.

"I feel happy," said one of the kids.

"Happy and lucky," said another.

In its sixth year, this program is going strong.

"For a lot of them, they just come and think 'oh, I'm getting shoes,' but some of the kids come here and they are brand new pairs of shoes and it's huge for them," says Enver.  "So it's so cool to be a part of it."

The kids could pick out the shoes of their choice just as long as they were under $20. 

For some of the kids, it was an experience they won't forget.

"They're grateful and appreciative and polite and respectful," says Enver.  "And that's really wonderful."

The program reaches all 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, and eleven Latin American countries.

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