Warmin’ the Soles project reaches Quincy schools
On Dec. 14 the cafeteria tables at Monument Elementary School were not lined up with lunch containers but with shoe boxes. More than 60 pairs of brand-new shoes were awaiting excited new owners.
Lyndsay Jones and five of her friends – Brieanne Ledbetter, Christine Kooy, Elisa Bricker, Audi Bergstrom and Cherie Gasbar – had made Jones’ vision a tangible reality: new shoes for kids who need them.
It started a year ago when Jones’ husband, a teacher, bought a pair of shoes for a student of his. It stayed on Jones’ mind and prompted her to start a fundraiser on Facebook in October 2018. Now, two months later, she has received over $4,000 and has been able to buy shoes not only for one child but for children at several elementary schools.
The group started its round on Dec. 14 by delivering shoes at Monument Elementary and proceeded to Pioneer and Mountain View schools after that. Two days earlier, the ladies had been to Rock Island to benefit some of the students there.
As the students came in to try out their new footwear, the Warmin’ the Soles ladies helped them to tie them up, made sure there was room for growth and there were enough shoes to allow for color and style choices. Some of the recipients walked in looking apprehensive, but everybody left the hall with a smile. A new pair of properly fitting shoes can make a person feel good inside and out.
Cherie Gasbar, one of the helping hands, said that it “feels good to do this. I’m prepared to keep going with it.”
Another helper, Elisa Bricker, is a mother of two sons.
“My heart is full,” she said as she took a brief break from matching shoes to students.
Besides shoes, the group also wants to deliver socks to the kids.
Donations are welcome at any time. Young feet grow fast.
Contact Jones at 509-670-5490 or find Warmin’ the Soles on Facebook.
By Jaana Hatton, For the Post-Register