CASA GRANDE -- Students at Villa Oasis Interscholastic Center for Education and Mary C. O’Brien Elementary in Eloy have better footing thanks to a recent donation.
Community Outreach of Robson Ranch hosted a shoe drive last week at the Payless shoe store in Casa Grande along side Share the Spirit Foundation.
Share the Spirit Foundation, a nonprofit agency, is run by Karen and Tonya Voepel, who are sisters-in-law. This is the second time that they have helped CORR with a shoe drive. The first time around they bought shoes for kids K-3, about seven years ago when CORR started putting on the shoe drive.
Karen and Tonya are friends of Betty Peterson president and founder of CORR.
At last week’s shoe drive there were a total of 140 kids, about 100 from Villa Oasis and about 40 from Mary C. O’Brien, who received shoes and socks, all purchased through the Share the Spirit Foundation.
According to Peterson, Share the Spirit Foundation has been a big help and she hopes to continue this partnership and to see it grow stronger.
There was 16 volunteers to help the kids try on and pick out their shoes. Not only did CORR praise Share the Spirit Foundation for its generosity, but the kids’ behavior was very unexpected as well.
“Each group (of kids) that came in was so well behaved. ... You never would have guessed that there was a bunch of teenagers in there,” said CORR Vice President Louise Kant.
The next shoe drive will be sometime in the fall at Curiel Elementary School.