200 students get brand new shoes

Published: Mar. 19, 2010 at 9:23 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2010 at 9:54 PM EDT
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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – 400 feet in Albany are wearing brand new shoes. HEART, a group of Procter and Gamble employees and retirees delivered 100 pairs of shoes to students at Turner Elementary School and 100 pairs to students at Jackson Heights. They are hopeful that the new shoes will help take them on the right path in life.

Little feet are constantly on the move. And all that movement can wear out shoes in a hurry. Plus, kids this size outgrow shoes frequently and shoes are expensive, especially name brands like Nike.

That's why a group of retired and current P&G employees has stepped in.  Anne Milledge Johnson said, "We are concerned about ensuring that every child is confident in the way the come to school and make sure that shoes fit and so we're here today to present 100 pairs of shoes to them."

To help these boys and girls put their best foot forward. Milledge Johnson said, "Right now, we can change the way they think, which will change the way they act, so we're looking for future leaders out of all of this."

By helping them take the right path, one step at a time.  She said, "We expect the community to join forces with us because what we do recognize is, once you start meeting the needs of a child, you can get the attention of a child."

Helping them march along with a caring act that comes from the Heart. 96% of the students at Turner Elementary school are considered economically disadvantaged. 100 students at Jackson Heights also received new shoes.

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