WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– Some children in Waterbury celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with more than family, turkey and football games. They each got a big surprise when they went to school last week… a brand new pair of sneakers!
There’s something special about slipping on a new pair of shoes. At the Children’s Community School in Waterbury, volunteers from Davita Dialysis came with their arms filled with boxes and boxes of sneakers.
“We’re told there are kids that don’t go to school some days because they may not have the right pair of sneakers,” said Dora Harris, Davita Dialysis.
There were kicks of every size, color and style.
“I am so thankful for these shoes,” said Paris, a student.
And students like Paris just couldn’t hold-back the excitement of it all.
“They keep me nice and safe and I really like them a lot, the color on them,” said Paris.
There were smiles all around, not just on the faces of the kids but on the older folks as well.
“Response is great. It’s the best part of it all when you see a child look into that box and they’re just so excited and so happy to see the shoes they got,” said Harris.
Davita staffers work with the group ‘Shoes that Fit’ to make sure every child there gets a pair of sneakers that are just right.
“I know my mom is going to be so thankful, because I don’t have a lot of shoes and I need some more,” said Anissa, a student.
They schools’ selected for the program like Children’s Community are all based on need.
“I love my new shoes,” said another student.
“I really like my new shoes, I’m really thankful for them,” said Tarajee. a student.
“I really like my new shoes, I’m really thankful for them,” said Synae’a, a student.
What better way to sprint into the holiday season than in a new pair of shoes.
Volunteers from Davita Dialysis are distributing more than 8,000 pairs of sneakers to children nationwide this holiday season.