Western Union fourth-graders give back through shoe drive

Western Union Elementary students collected 283 pairs of shoes to benefit the Turning Point domestic violence shelter in Monroe. Photo courtesy of Western Union Elementary

WAXHAW – Fourth-graders from Western Union Elementary put their philanthropic spirits to the test, collecting 283 pairs of shoes for clients of the Turning Point domestic violence shelter in Monroe.

The effort was part of One Day Without Shoes, a movement that spreads awareness of the impact having a pair of shoes has on the lives of children both domestically and internationally. Students participated in One Day Without Shoes on Thursday, April 5, by leaving their shoes outside of the classroom for the entire day. Students were surprised to learn kids and adults from all over the world were contracting illnesses and diseases from not having a pair of shoes.

On April 5, the fourth grade classes presented large trash bags full of shoes to Maria Severance, manager of Turning Point’s Second Chance Boutique.

“It makes me feel like a hero, you know,” fourth-grader Chelsea Quintero said. “I just know that I’m helping people, and that makes me feel really good.”

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