Students donate shoes for their peers

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- We all know the saying, 'Walk a mile in someone else's shoes' but how about if that person does not have the proper shoes to walk in?

Emma Love Hardee Elementary School teacher Lindy Lezion is making sure kids on the First Coast have the opportunity to walk the hallways of school with well-fitting shoes.

"I look around and I see children that have been wearing their shoes for two or three years now, and I just feel like we really need to help."

Lezion asked students who can afford it to donate $1 for the walking fund. Together, the students at Emma Love Hardee Elementary raised more than $500 dollars to purchase a bulk of brand-name shoes.

Third grader Ben said he was happy to donate.

"It makes them feel better about who they are ... and they get to have things that other people have."

Currently, there are more than 300 homeless children in Nassau County alone.

"It makes me feel good and I always like to help people [and homeless] ... and it's the right thing to do," said fifth grader Laurel.

Now, 50 pairs of shoes are going straight to the Clothes Closet in Yulee where homeless children can pick up clothes free of charge.

Laurel has learned the importance of helping kids just like herself. Now, she has some wise words for other communities, too.

"All schools should do fundraisers like this, because it helps a lot."


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