More than 150 low-income Omaha children went “shoe shopping” at Payless ShoeSource stores this week, thanks to a partnership between Catholic Charities and Payless ShoeSource.
“By this time of year, our employees have noticed how worn the children’s shoes are from the rough winter,” but many parents can’t afford to purchase new ones, said Linda Butkus, director of community services at Catholic Charities.
The annual shopping trip is part of the international children’s shoe-donation program Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids that Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha helped launch six years ago. Catholic Charities, which helps low-income families provide for their children, helps Payless ShoeSource identify local children in need of shoes.
The nationwide program, which also operates in Canada, Puerto Rico and 11 Latin American countries, provides more than $1.5 million worth of free shoes to children in need.