Willow Valley Communities’ residents and team members were joined by the Homeless Student Project Committee Members and a representative from Shoe Carnival, Inc. to distribute 500 pairs of brand new sneakers for children facing adversity in the Lancaster area. The volunteers’ work was made much easier thanks to the many helping hands of the children of the School District of Lancaster’s employees.
This is the fourth year the Willow Valley Communities Outreach Committee has participated in the Sneakers for School Project. Over the past 3 years almost 1,200 pairs of brand new sneakers have been provided to children in need throughout Lancaster County. The Homeless Student Project of Lancaster is one of the many recipients of these sneaker donations. That program helps close to 800 children in need throughout Lancaster County with school supplies, meals and clothing that otherwise they would go without.
This year, with the partnership of Shoe Carnival, Willow Valley was able to donate 500 pairs of brand new sneakers, with socks, to this project. In the words of the Homeless Student Project Site Coordinator, Nikki Span, “Because of your help, the school year is off to a great start for our families. As we move through these difficult and challenging economic times, more families than ever are in need of support and services. The children will be very proud to wear their new sneakers on the first day of school”.
The Willow Valley Community Outreach Committee started raising funds for this year’s project on July 1 and in 30 short days the residents met the proposed goal of $15,000 for this very special cause.