Through Assistance League, we purchased shoes for all the kids enrolled at Cuidando Los Niños as well as for their siblings.  One of those boys is ten, lives in his car because he is homeless, and is on the Honor Roll at school.  He arrived at Cuidando after school as the shoes from Payless Shoes were being unloaded.  Payless had marked the shoe boxes with the recipients’ names.  He offered to help unpack the shoes.  When he saw the box marked with his name – Philip – he asked if the shoes were for him.  When he was told that they were, he started crying and couldn’t believe that he had been given a new pair of shoes to replace his held together with tape.

Sherri Wells who is the Development Director for Cuidando asked the parents and children that they serve what constitutes security for them.  The parents wanted enough gas in the car to get to work. The kids wanted new shoes.  Apparently, lack of decent shoes is a major cause for bullying.

Who knew a pair of new shoes is a treasure?

— Roberta Boggess
Assistance League Albuquerque
Education Chair
Assault Survivor Kits®/
Kids Are Pretty Special Chair