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Shoe giveaway for TUSD students this morning

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Nearly 200 TUSD K-12 students are receiving a new pair of shoes from Payless Shoe Source. The event is organized by the Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF) and sponsored by two additional organizations that provided funds for the student's shoe shopping.

One shopping spree happened Thursday at the Payless near 22nd Street and Kolb.  More than 100 kids received a new pair of shoes courtesy of the Rincon Optimist Club, who sponsored the shopping event.  A total of $2,000 was spent.

"Some of these kids are getting the first pair of new shoes for the entire year," said Pam Francis, EEF Executive Director. "So when they start school, we know they can't run or play on the playground or feel comfortable learning sitting at the desk if they don't have footwear that fits them correctly."

"Also it gives them a boost because so many kids in TUSD are living in poverty. 71 percent of the kids in TUSD qualify for free or reduced priced lunches and that means if they can't afford lunch, they can't afford shoes either," stated Francis.

A second shoe shopping spree is happening today at the Payless near I-19 and Irvington, this event is sponsored by Golden Eagle Distributors.  The shoe shopping will start at  9 a.m., a total of $2,500 will be spent on 90 students.

Each student during the shopping spree receives a new pair of shoes, a package of socks, and a cookie from Eegees.

"They leave with a smile on their face, a spring in their step and we hope they remember this and when they grow up and they're taking care of people our age, that they will remember it and they will get involved in their communities," said Francis.

EEF organizes three shoe shopping spree events each year.  For those interested in donating or for more information about the non-profit group, go online to or call (520) 325-8688.

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