Moms Donate Shoes to Lincoln Kids

They call themselves the "Sole Sisters"-- a group of moms that enjoy running.

Sunday, they did just that. They ran. But it wasn't just for fun.

"Now it's kind of fun to actually be giving back to the community in addition to doing something that I enjoy," said Angela O'Neal, a Sole Sister.

O'Neal and her friends organized a fun run, and the entry fee was a pair of shoes.

The moms asked community members to donate a pair of children's shoes. These shoes will be donated to Elliott Elementary.

"We found out that 91 percent of [the students] have free or reduced lunches, and a lot of them don't have shoes," said O'Neal, "so as runners and mothers we know how important it is to have shoes."

They met at Trago Park at 3:00 p.m. for a one mile run. At the half-way mark, the runners passed Elliott Elementary.

"We thought it would be a good visual for them to see where their donations are going," said Megan Ockander, another Sole Sister.

Ockander helped organize the event after a friend approached her about the issue.

"It's heartbreaking. It's really sad," she said. "It seems so simple... such a necessity that everyone should have. It's hard to imagine that there are children in our own community that don't have some of those those basic things like shoes. Some of them do have shoes, but their ill-fitting shoes. They might be too big or too small."

The Sole Sisters were pleased with the turnout despite the very cold weather.

"We're really excited. There's actually a decent amount of people that showed up considering how cold and windy it is," she said.


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