LAUREL Co., Ky. (WYMT) - The pastor of Souls' Harbor Church in London said no child should have to go to school with holes in their shoes.
This is why ministries and local organizations partnered with the United Way of Laurel County in a month long shoe collection.
The program at Souls' Harbor Church is named "Soles for Souls."
Youth Pastor Brad Parrett said their goal is to get as many shoes as possible.
"The community needs to pitch in and help out," said Parrett. "It's a huge need that none of us can meet alone; a cooperative effort to supply all the shoes that's needed for all the kids that need shoes."
He said this is the first shoe program of its kind in their county.
Senior Pastor Ronnie Ball said he expects to see the benefits first hand.
"I've got several pairs of shoes my self, but there are lot of children that just do not have that," said Ball. "We want to fill that void and make life a little better for our children."
He hopes to fill their church foyer with shoe donations.
Parrett said they are providing students with a basic need.
"Just the proper tennis shoe to get to school and around the block that many of us take for granted and have several pairs of in our own closets," said Parrett.
Community members said they are helping students put their best foot forward for another school year.
Shoes of all sizes are needed and only new shoes are accepted.
Volunteers ask that the shoes are not brand-name.
You can donate items to Souls' Harbor Church during each worship service.
Or during office hours on Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To contact officials at the church, call (606) 878-8453.
You may also bring shoes to the final Thursday Night Live on Thursday, August 29.