“Kicks for Kids” puts shoes on feet of low-income schoolchildren
By KATIE KENNEDY, Advocate staff writer
Published: Jul 25, 2010 - Page: 1B
Click here to donate to 2013 Kicks for Kids Back to School Shoe Program.
As Zelda Carter and her family entered the Payless Shoe Store on Florida Boulevard on Saturday, Carter immediately hugged the two people standing nearest the door.
“This is such a blessing,” Carter told Deacon Richard Grant of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church and Carol Spruell of Catholic Charities, as they laughed along with her.
Carter’s 4-year-old granddaughter was among the nearly 1,000 school-aged children to receive a free, new pair of shoes during the third annual “Kicks for Kids” Back to School program.
“It was coming close to the start of school, and a lot of parents were wondering where they were going to get the money,” Carter said. “This just gives me chills I’m so thankful.”
Grant said several local charities provided school supplies and uniforms for area schoolchildren, but there were no resources to help put new shoes on their feet.
“A lot of kids start the school year in their brother or sister’s hand-me-downs,” Grant said. “But their classmates will have a brand-new pair of shoes to show off. That’s important to kids.”
With the donations from Our Lady of Mercy parishioners, Grant teamed up with Catholic Charities and Payless to fill that void.
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Catholic Charities urge delay in adopting Haitian children
Saiward Pharr, WRKF (2010-01-27)
Click here to listen to the interview.
BATON ROUGE, LA (wrkf) - As people in the United States look for ways to help people in Haiti after the devastating earthquake on January 12th, there has been a surge in interest in adopting Haitian children. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is urging people to delay adopting Haitian children for the time being, and focus instead on relief efforts. Paula Davis is a licensed clinical social worker who handles international adoptions with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. She joins WRKF's Saiward Pharr in the studio to discuss the unique concerns with Haitian adoption right now. © Copyright 2010, wrkf
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