Business donates shoes to needy Walker and Riverside school kids

Shoes That Fit

DaVita biomedical technician John Butler, right, steadies a stack of shoeboxes as Walker Elementary School counselor Alicia Humphrey and DaVita staffers Don Wardle and Kevin McCormick prepare to wheel donated shoes into the school.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Selected students at Walker and Riverside Elementary Schools will be able to run, leap and play in new shoes this summer following a regional medical business' community outreach.

Tuesday morning, an emergency response vehicle, which had served Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey and New York, pulled up to the schools.

A three-man team from Pensacola-based DaVita Dialysis Services delivered nearly 100 pairs of mostly athletic shoes to Walker and Riverside students from lower-income households.

Northwest Florida DaVita clinics held fund-raisers to purchase shoes using lists provided by Walker and Riverside administrators, who identified the neediest students.

DaVita's Shooza-Palooza outreach is part of the nationwide Shoes That Fit program.

Shoe boxes, some gift-wrapped, were tagged with each recipient student's name, age, shoe size and classroom.

"We've done a lot of these," biomedical supervisor Kevin McCormick said as he and biomedical technician John Butler carefully wheeled a cart stacked with 48 shoeboxes into Walker.



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