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Jackson's Shoe Drop Gives Kids New Kicks

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - More than 160 children from families in need received brand new shoes from volunteers, Saturday.

Jackson's Shoe Drop was hosted by FUMS Shoes, Samaritan's Feet, and the Greer Campaign inside the Jackson Salvation Army.
More than 160 lined up to get new shoes and socks from volunteers.

Parents said without this event their children would have been forced to go without.

"I was just talking to my mom a couple of days ago about trying to get them another pair of shoes and we didn't have the money to get it," said mother Bonita McKnight. "This was just beyond spectacular for me because I was needing and God blessed me, so thank y'all for blessing us."

Each child had both of their feet washed by a volunteer before they were given a brand new pair of socks and shoes. Workers said the moments they spent with each child were special.

"They sit there and spend time with them and encourage them," said Mitch Miller, FUMS Founder. "They get exposed to people who really care about them and then know that people genuinely care. Just think about the impact that could have on the country, we're are making a difference and that's what it's about."

Some parents who are struggling told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that a new pair of shoes not only gives their child confidence but it can also give them hope.

"It gives us something to look forward to; that there is somebody out there that can help if you need help," said single parent Rosella Torres.

Founder of the Greer Campaign, New Orleans Saint's NFL player Jabari Greer, also attended the shoe drop where he spoke to the children about how important it is to fight for your dreams and never give up.

"He said do as hard as you can and maybe I can be like him, he said do the best that i can and i could be better than him," said 15-year-old Kendrick Brown. "It was awesome. His words mean everything to me. I'm actually going to try now and go to college. This was one of the best days of my life."

Greer told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that people working together as a community can bring positive change.

"When they are here we are able to share God's love, we are able to share our love and share a moment to inspire, and uplift them," said Greer. "If you can impact one child, who knows who that one child is going to be and what change they are going to bring into the World."

If you would like to become a part of one of this month's miracles contact Jackson City Hall for more information.

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