PFLUGERVILLE, Texas — Thanks to some kind people, 150 students within Pflugerville ISD went home Wednesday with some fresh kicks.

That's because nonprofit group Samaritan's Feet and Aramark food services worked together in an outreach effort across the district, including students in need at Copperfield, Delco, Dessau, Northwest and Parmer Lane elementary.

“That’s what this all about,” said Mythiquer Pickett, regional director for Samaritan’s Feet, “letting the next generation know that we believe in them and we care enough to be out here for them.”

Happy volunteers helped size the students with their perfect fits, as well as washing their feet and giving them new socks.

“We’re very fortunate that Aramark has partnered with Samaritan’s Feet and partnering with the district to offer the pairs of shoes,” said Geoff Holle, Aramark/PfISD food service director. “This is just another way we work and partner with external resources and the district to provide solutions to the challenges our students face.”

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Aramark food services employee Jennifer David ties a child’s shoe during an outreach effort to provide new shoes to 150 Pflugerville ISD students at Dessau Elementary School Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.
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Pickett added that Samaritan's Feet has handed out shoes to 7 million kids in 108 countries and more than 400 cities across the nation since it began. 

The organization was founded by Nigerian native Manny Ohonme in 2003. Since then, more than 86,000 volunteers have donated their time to help out.

“I know that impact,” said Pickett, adding how a childhood of poverty led him to volunteer and then work for Samaritan’s Feet. “For me, it’s really personal because I was one of those kids.”

According to Shelby Kelly, a marketing manager with Aramark, Wednesday's donations came at a time when funds may be particularly scarce for some families – especially after the holidays and before many receive their tax returns.

“I love the timing of this event,” Kelly said, “because we still have several months with these kids, in which they might need a new pair of shoes.”

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