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Scott County students receive shoes and socks from Rotary Club Shoe Fund

VIDEO: Scott County students receive shoes and socks from Rotary Club Shoe Fund

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}More than 500 kids in Scott County got an early Christmas present Friday.SCOTT COUNTY, Va. -

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Kids at Weber City Elementary are trying on their new shoes. The school are one of 15 elementary, middle and high schools in Scott County benefitting from the community's generosity. There is a significant need.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"After a half a year of school and wearing their shoes continually, they are quite worn and in disrepair lots of times,” Weber City Elementary Guidance Counselor Kim Wilson said.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}The shoes are personally selected for each student.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"I try to put their favorite color of if they're really in Star Wars or something like that, so it's a shoe that they like," Wilson said.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}The Rotary Club has expanded the drive every year to meet the growing need.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"It just kept growing and growing,” Shoe Fund Chairman Chris Kimbler said. “I think this year we're up to 558 pairs of shoes."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}The volunteers said it is rewarding work.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"Brightens your day when you see a kid - when you put their shoes on and they get their new socks, and they put their old shoes in the box and start wearing them, and their eyes light up,” Kimbler said. “It just makes you feel good that you're doing something to help them."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}The school counselor says it helps parents and children feel a little more secure during the holidays.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"I think lots of times parents struggle this time of year with providing Christmas and that type of thing,” Wilson said. “It is a big load off their mind that their kids are going to have shoes, and that's one less thing they have to provide."

{p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt"}If you would like to learn more about the Scott County Rotary Club, you can visit their Facebook page here.

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