50 kids get back-to-school shoes through Vanderburgh Co. fundraiser

Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 12:46 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - 50 kids were able to walk out of Shoe Carnival on Evansville’s east side Tuesday with a pair of shoes before they have to head back to school.

This was made possible by Reilly Welborn, a Vanderburgh County woman who put together a fundraiser to buy back-to-school shoes for kids.

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She was hoping to raise enough for at least 10 kids.

Well, she raised over $2,100 and partnered with the Dream Center of Evansville and Shoe Carnival to give 50 kids an experience they’ve never had before.

“It started off as a dream like you said maybe helping ten kids turned into 50, it’s just incredible,” Welborn said.

50 kids going up and down the aisles, picking out a pair of shoes that they feel confident in.

If you’re not quite understanding just how impactful that is, let Shy tell you.

”It’s really special. Because anytime I get a pair of shoes, they’re either from a resale shop and they’re not brand new. But these ones are brand new. And I don’t think I’d be able to get these from a resale shop anywhere,” Shy, a kid who picked out shoes said.

Some Dream Center volunteers called the day a huge blessing.

“As they’re going back to school this month that they have some shoes that fit that they’re excited about is just important. We’re just really thankful for all the donations that made it possible for all of our kids to get shoes today,” one volunteer said.

”I’m really humbled to be apart of it. It was so uplifting all the kids picking out their shoes and how excited they were for it. I’m so very thankful that God chose me to make a difference in those kids lives today,” Welborn said.

All smiles, all the way to the check out line.

Reilly says she’s hoping to make Kicks for Kids Evansville a non-profit, and continue this every year.

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