Kids given shopping trip like they've never had before

Children from Star of Hope's transitional living center were taken shopping for brand new shoes, some for the first time
January 20, 2014 3:19:14 PM PST
More than 50 kids from the Star of Hope's transitional living center were treated to new shoes and socks on Monday.

Volunteers took them to Sports Authority on Post Oak Boulevard, where they were measured and then allowed to pick out what they wanted.

"When I go to school on Tuesday," 12-year-old Mykeah Thompson said, "I'm going to be like, 'Hey girls, look at my new shoes!'"

Organizers say shoes often serve as status symbols for kids. Many of these kids have never picked out their own shoes before.

"Many of these children are in lower economic schools, but there's still a status," said organizer Gwen Koch. "You still want to feel like you're just as important as anybody else."

The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation funded the event.

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