Children shop for free shoes at local Payless

PARKERSBURG – Children’s Home Society of West Virginia’s Parkersburg site was selected as a community partner in the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program, which is in 50 states and 11 Latin America countries and will give $1.5 million of free shoes to children of families in need this winter.

Nonprofit organizations applied for merchandise certificates for families they serve. This is the second year Children’s Home Society of WV was chosen to distribute certificates locally.

On Monday, a group of 13 children participated in a shoe-shopping trip at the Payless ShoeSource store at Grand Central Mall. After being served lunch at the agency’s Mid Town Family Resource Center, children shopped for and selected their own pair of free shoes through the program.

Five-year-old Ethan Devlin-Bradley participated in the event and said, “These new shoes make me so happy, my feet just want to dance!”

“As an agency, we are very pleased to have been entrusted with the distribution of Payless Merchandise Certificates. It is a wonderful program and we are happy to be able to provide shoes for children,” said Lisa Weaver, program specialist of the site’s Mid Town Family Resource Center.