Local business donates shoes to students in the community

PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - Matheny Motors held a drive to collect shoes for the "Kicks for Kids" program.

Last year, they had about 120 pairs of shoes donated and this year the amount of shoes more than doubled.

For every car sold in the month of August, Matheny Motors also donated a pair of shoes.

The Kicks for Kids program started back in 2011 by a teacher that noticed children in her classroom needed new shoes.

Randal Price is the manager of Matheny Motors.

"An individual from a school, preferably a nurse sees a student at their school that generally has a pair of shoes that are too small,too large, worn out. They would contact the River City Runners and then they would actually give them a pair of shoes to give to that child," said Price.

Marta Bailey is the co-director the Kicks for Kids program and a member of the River City Runners and she believes that enough nurses and teachers are taking advantage of the program.

"We would like for them to let any student that needs it not to feel like they can't contact us," said Bailey.

The shoes are given to students anonymously and are available for any student in the Mid-Ohio Valley in need.

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