Volunteers delivered brand new pairs of kicks to hundreds of students in Dayton Friday. The act of charity didn't stop there.
About 400 children at Emerson Academy kicked off their shoes as a very special group of volunteers sized them up.
Thirty active duty military members reported for a different kind of assignment, lending a hand to Shoes for the Shoeless.
The organization is in its fourth year and tallies the pairs of shoes given away at 16,000 by the end of October.
Executive Director Kris Horlacher says Friday's kick off had a greater purpose, to teach each child that kindness matters.
"The kids that we help are very generous in their spirits. They're very kind," said Horlacher.
The kids quickly turned that kindness into action. Each one made a card for another child in the hospital.
"Here's somebody who is doing a kindness for these kids and these kids are going to pay it forward," said Vicki Giambrone, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Dayton Children's Hospital.
Giambrone says there are 300,000 children treated a year at Dayton Childrens.
That is a lot of cards, but with a new partnership between the hospital and Shoes for the Shoeless, there is enough kindness to go around.
"I think, you know, giving kids an opportunity to do something that will matter to someone else, showing them how and unleashing them, I think we're going to see great things."
The students at Emerson Academy will also be writing reflection papers about the project.
Once the cards are finished, three or four students will be chosen to hand deliver the cards.
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