Church Gives Shoes to Area Children

By Kristin Martin | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- LifeHouse Church supplied back-to-school needs by giving shoes to children in the community as part of Kicks4Kids.

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"Every parent that I've talked to this morning has talked about how they all needed shoes -- all their kids needed shoes. That was the one thing they just weren't able to buy," said Tom Cummings, the lead pastor of the church.

The price of school supplies is on the rise.

One national analysis shows it's at least 7% more than last year.

For many families, that doesn't leave much money for other necessities -- even shoes.

"Roughly around a hundred for each child. We've got four boys starting this year. So, it was pretty expensive and that's not including school clothes," said one mother, Nicole White.

The event started Saturday morning at Bowling Green Christian Academy with more than 300 pairs of shoes.

"I like my shoes because it's helping kids and families," said Jayla Weatherly, who got new shoes today.

The shoes quickly walked away -- one pair for each child.

"Everybody's walking away with smiles on their faces. It's the biggest proof that it's working," Cummings said.

The church collected shoes through fundraising and donations.

"We've never heard of anybody doing this, and I think it's great for the community and brings the community together," White said.

It's the third year the church held the shoe distribution, and Cummings says it continues to grow.

If you'd like to donate next year, visit their website:

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