Provided by Kim Davis
Insecurity abounds the first few weeks back to school for many children – but for those without, that insecurity can often leave lifetime scars.
Enter The Lubbock Association of REALTORS® (LAR) Walk With Pride campaign who works to give local children a reason to smile as they start back to school with a new pair of shoes. LAR members will spend Sept. 9-11 fitting children for shoes free of charge at participating Payless Shoesource locations.
Each year, the LAR budgets money for the Walk With Pride campaign to help the families in need with new athletic shoes for the school year. In 2012, Walk With Pride distributed over 675 pairs of shoes, according to this year's Walk With Pride Chairman and LAR Member Melissa Smith.
"This is a great opportunity for us to give back to the community, and it's great to see fellow Lubbock Realtors come out and help fit children with shoes and see the smile on the kid's faces," Smith said.
LAR members show their support by volunteering their time to help fit children for shoes and pass out socks. Walk With Pride also is generously supported by staff from the South Plains Food Bank who locates families in need and distributes vouchers for both shoes and socks.
"In addition to the tremendous support of the South Plains Food Bank, we greatly appreciate Payless Shoesource," Smith said. "Payless Shoesource is who truly make the event possible."