For the second consecutive year, JOM employees have put their best foot forward at Shepherdsville Elementary School.
A total of 61 pairs of brand new shoes and over 100 packages of socks were given to students randomly drawn by Family Resource Center Coordinator Traci Gould.
JOM officials Christina Cornett, Christopher Hogan, Casey Mareka, Brian Amos and Vince Irvin joined Shepherdsville Mayor Curtis Hockenbury, City Liaison Faith Portman and Linda Belcher in handing out the items plus assisting youth with tying laces.
The total donation value was approximately $1,300.
“Nothing makes you feel like you feel in a new pair of shoes,” Gould said. “Kids love shoes and they wear them out quickly. If you don’t think shoes are important just ask Dorothy, Cinderella or Forrest Gump!”
Upon arriving in the cafeteria, students smiled when they saw the shoes.
“The kids were so excited. All of them!” Gould said. “They showed everyone their winnings, and were super proud. Just goes to show...whoever you are, you feel confident in new shoes.”
One youth was asked if she liked her new shoes.
“No…I love them,” she said.
Another youth shouted, “These are my new favorite shoes!”
Gould expressed appreciation to JOM for their generosity.
“JOM is a great community partner. They have sort of adopted Shepherdsville Elementary and I accept all of their offers with sincere appreciation!” she said. Their company supports Metro United Way, which also supports my Kids Cafe, so frequently JOM employees will come and volunteer at Kids Cafe. I work mostly with Vincent and Robert, and their willingness to support our school and the community is great! As always, I love our city of Shepherdsville. We have a need and we find a way.”