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Groveton High School students are giving back with their ‘Kicks for Kids’ program

Updated: Apr. 22, 2021 at 10:09 PM CDT
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GROVETON, Texas (KTRE) - Some East Texas students are lending a helping hand one sole at a time. Groveton ISD students raised more than $3000 to buy shoes and socks for elementary kids.

New friends and new shoes; Groveton ISD High School students are trying to make a difference.

“We raised around 30 to 40 dollars to get each kid a pair of shoes, to get to eat at CiCi’s buffet and a few extra dollars to play games while we were there,” said Canaan Dillard, the president of FFCLA.

Students in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization raised over $3,500 for younger kids at their school.

“I have been doing the “Kicks for Kids” program for about three years now. Every time I do it, it is just a great experience. It is very heartwarming to see the kids, seeing their faces light up getting pizza and getting new shoes. It’s the joy that it brings me and it is amazing,” said Malachi Stewart, a senior at Groveton Highschool.

The “Kicks for Kids” program is geared to help those in need. Dillard says the FCCLA has been doing it for seven years.

“We waited so that we get as many kids as possible,” Dillard added. “Our school had to keep closing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, we wanted to ensure that each kid that needed shoes got to come and get them.”

The “Kicks for Kids” program is usually held around the Christmas holiday. Dillard says this year was different and it meant a lot more.

“I think we had a lot more people turn out this year because so many people are losing their jobs. We needed to take so many more kids this year, because of the job loss and number of people struggling this year,” Dillard explained. “I think a lot of people showed up this year and donated more than ever and tried their hardest to make sure each kid who needed shoes, got them.”

Both Groveton ISD seniors say the best part is seeing the kids years later and they still remember them and the good deed.

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