'Kicks for Kids': Students get free new shoes for the school year

'Kicks for Kids': Students get free new shoes for the school year
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Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:14pm

A local organization is helping parents and students get stared on the right "foot" this school year.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge hosted it's 8th annual "Kicks for Kids." It's a program that helps nearly a thousand students get free new shoes for the start of school. Officials teamed up with Payless Shoes to help local families with this back-to-school expense.

Crystal Culbreath is a grandparent in the program. Culbreath said she is grateful because this time of year can be financially stressful.

"Because when it's time to put kids in school you have... it's unbelievable. You know, you have the school supplies, the school uniforms, you have the school dues," Culbreath said. "I mean, when you get to the shoes and you're thinking each kid, 25 or 30 or 40 dollars, and I have three grandchildren. You're looking at almost $200. So, it's a really big help."

The families had to get approved vouchers in order to participate in the program. Each voucher is good for shoes up to $30.   

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