Going back to school is often associated with new school supplies and shiny new shoes, but for some Hancock County families those items are just not affordable. That’s where Project Happy Feet steps in. Project Happy Feet, a community collaboration with Christian Clearing House (CCH), provides vouchers for kids in need, allowing them to shop for back-to-school shoes. “We want every child to start the year off on the right foot. It’s so important for their self-esteem that kids have shoes that fit properly and that they like,” explains Tammy Stahl, CCH executive director.
Project Happy Feet provides vouchers for 500 pairs of shoes annually and serves students from kindergarten through high school. To participate, families must pre-register students at the Family Center. Once selected, students are issued a $50 voucher to shop at Kohl’s, Shoe Sensation or Shoe Department. They can select any pair of tennis shoes, loafers or flats within that price range. Families have the opportunity to contribute financially if the student selects a shoe that exceeds the value of the voucher. Should a child spend less than $50, the remaining balance is returned to CCH and then passed along to school counselors to help students throughout the school year.
Project Happy Feet is fully funded through donations and grants. Community organizations such as Rotary, The Hancock County Community Foundation and Handbags that Help have generously supported Project Happy Feet. One hundred percent of all donations and proceeds end up on the feet of local kids and the need for shoes continually grows. Contact Christian Clearing House to learn how you can support or receive vouchers through Project Happy Feet.
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