Students at Colvin Elementary celebrated Christmas early with a little extra help from community Santas. Every student received a new pair of shoes, thanks to a donation from Boeing Employees Community Fund, Payless Shoe Source, Hatman Jacks, His Helping Hands, LaMar’s Donuts, Papa John’s Pizza, Shirts Plus and the United Way of the Plains.
More than 770 students lined up to receive their new shoes, along with a new pair of socks. Volunteers helped the students try on the shoes to make sure they were the proper fit before the students took them home. The students also picked out a new stocking cap and a pair of gloves to take home.
This is the tenth year for the shoe donation. With the Boeing Company closing its Wichita operations, the Employees Community Fund gave remaining funds to United Way of the Plains to continue the program at Colvin.