Hundreds of Oklahoma kids get free new shoes, some for first time
OKLAHOMA CITY — People often say there is nothing more precious than a child's laughter, and there was plenty of that Friday at Wheeler Elementary. There were stacks and stacks of shoes for the 500 students to take their pick. It was all part of a donation by the MetroShoe Project. The kids laughed, and some looked shy but happy as volunteers took their measurements, and asked them what they wanted. Little Alexis Serrato picked out some pink Converse, and she was grateful. "Thank you for picking our school, and I'm happy," said Serrato, a fourth grader. Many of the children at Wheeler Elementary live below the poverty line. The school's principal tells Fox25 a donation like this is a way to make the kids smile while giving parents a helping hand. "For some of our kids this is the first pair of shoes they have gotten that come in box," said Heather Bullock, the school principal. The MetroShoe project was founded by the MetroShoe Warehouse. It has been donating shoes since 2012.