Shoe Buddy is lacing up its high tops for another year to help children find the perfect pair of shoes.
For the past eight years, Shoe Buddy has served children who might not have the means to purchase a new set of footwear for the start of the school year. However, to make that goal a reality, the program is still in need of donations to meet this year’s demand.
Melveene Dixon, Shoe Buddy founder, stated the need continues to grow each year. In its first year, the non-profit helped 25 students. Last year the organization helped 220.
“We have more than 275 kids that have signed up,” Dixon stated. “The whole program continues to grow each year.”
Shoe Buddy is funded solely from donations that it receives from individuals, churches, and organizations. In the past, it has been entirely supported by private donors.
The group works with several community organizations that select children in need of shoes.
“Vouchers for shoes are given out by fellow non-profits, and they make the determination if a person is eligible,” Dixon said. “If a person is in need they can apply at Waxahachie Care or Common Ground Ministries.”
When selected, the recipient is given a voucher from Shoe Buddy to be redeemed for a new pair of shoes Aug. 6—9 at Famous Footwear, located at 1445 U.S Highway 77 in Waxahachie.
Volunteers with Shoe Buddy will be out at Famous Footwear from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. to help people find the shoes they need, ensure a proper fit, and aid through the checkout process.
Dixon stated she is thankful for the support Shoe Buddy has received over the years from businesses, residents, and individuals.
“I want to thank the people of Waxahachie, the churches, and the individuals who have helped to support this ministry to grow from 25 to 275 children in the last eight years,” Dixon said. “I also want to thank Bealls and Famous Footwear for their support. We were at Bealls for the first five years and have been at Famous Footwear for the past three years. This would have been impossible without them.”
People, businesses, or organizations that wish to make a donation can do so at the business office of First Baptist Church of Waxahachie. The church is located at 315 N. Rogers Street. Checks need to be made out to First Baptist with Shoe Buddy written in the memo line. Donations are tax deductible.
Dixon stated her father, Buddy Gibson, who Shoe Buddy is named after, would be proud of many people they have been able to help. It was Gibson’s dream to donate shoes to children in need. She added that she looks forward to what is in store for this year.
For more information about Shoe Buddy, its mission or how to make a donation, Dixon can be reached at 972-937-9522 or at 972-938-6978.