By Ursula Pari – Anchor
Posted: 6:48 PM, August 19, 2016
Updated: 12:15 PM, August 20, 2016

SAN ANTONIO – A shelter got a chance to offer a special shopping trip to 40 of its children for much-needed school essentials.

“These kids come to us with nothing, so to be able to buy, choose your own shoes and make sure that they light up and they’re sparkly, they are just having an amazing time,” said Beth Green, development officer for the Boysville shelter, a nonprofit that provides a safe environment for children in need.

Abuse, neglect, extreme poverty, homelessness and/or parental substance abuse are reasons children are in the Boysville shelter.

The Town and Country Optimist Club made the shopping trip possible.

“Knowing it was back to school, and knowing that there is such an influx with the shelter, we thought it’d be great to focus on the shelter children at this time,” said Susie Werts, director of the Town and Country Optimists.

“It’s fun to see them say, ‘Oh Batman. Oh Spider-Man.’ It’s great to see them so excited about a new pair of shoes,” said Cathy Woodruff, Town and Country Optimists’ treasurer.

“I think it’s great. I think of what my kids were like on Christmas morning and, to me, that’s what I am seeing right here. Kids that are so excited to get a brand new pair of shoes,” said Michelle Clark, assistant manager of the DSW shoe store.

When the children returned from DSW to the shelter, they received another gift of goodness. They were given new backpacks filled with new school supplies. It was another small token for children carrying a heavy burden in life.

Boysville has been around for 73 years, providing temporary shelter to youngsters who find themselves without a home. It also helps the children improve their grades, so the gifts received from the Town and Country Optimists will go a long way and take them on a journey to academic excellence.


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