New shoes for 700 students

 

Christmas came early for 700 Richmond County students thanks to the First Presbyterian Church of Rockingham.

For 29 years, their New Shoes for Christmas Campaign has ensured students receive free footwear just in time for the holidays.

The project is sponsored by First Presbyterian’s Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class.

“Charles White, alongside a group of other caring men, began this program years ago,” explained Richmond County Schools Superintendent Dr. Cindy Goodman.

They raise money all year long, with every collected penny going towards buying new shoes.

And, 2016 was no different.

Elementary schools received certificates based on their free and reduced lunch numbers. Then, school guidance counselors took students to either J.C. Penney at Richmond Plaza Shopping Center or The Shoe Department at Falling Creek Plaza.

Once students arrived, they were greeted by singing salesman who allowed each child to pick out any pair of tennis shoes they’d like.

“I’m so proud this program has continued,” added Goodman. Over the years, “they’ve helped more than 20,000 local students who may not have had a Christmas otherwise.”

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Courtesy photo Seven hundred Richmond County students received new shoes through First Presbyterian Church of Rockingham’s Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class.


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