Soul to Soles volunteers fit kids with free socks and shoes



Posted on December 3, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 3 at 11:29 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--Volunteers across the Spokane Valley are going to low income preschools to fit kids with new socks and shoes.

The volunteers are going to nearly 20 schools this year to help about 1,300 kids.

The organization Soul to Soles was started by an 85-year-old local woman.

Volunteers stopped by East Valley Enrichment Center in the Spokane Valley Tuesday morning. The students had about 500 shoes to choose from.

“They flash, they make lights,” said student Ka’Tobe Lopp.

About 200 kids were fitted with shoes on Tuesday. It all started with founder Harriet Jacobson in 1993.

"I remember having shoes with a big hole in the shoes,” said Jacobson.

The retired teacher knows what it is like to struggle so she started the organization after working with homeless children. She said shoes were the biggest need.

Soul to Soles travels around Spokane County each year.

“These kids are so excited when they see these shoes. And for many of these kids, it's the first time they've had a new pair of shoes,” said volunteer Tom Hopkins.

Local businesses help raise about $1,500 for the organization. Volunteers also contribute.