Shoe Sensation hosting shoes and socks drive for kids in need

From July 10 to Aug. 10, Shoe Sensation in Bad Axe is hosting a shoes and socks drive for kids in need going back to school.

Jackie Shibley, the store’s manager, set up the drive because she thought that it would make kids more comfortable and confident if they had new socks and shoes to wear for school.

“To have new shoes, new clothes, new socks, gives them a better feeling to get a good start on the school year,” she said.

The drive is also being framed as a competition between the Bad Axe and Laker school districts. There are two boxes for donations in the store, each marked with one of the schools. Whichever box is the most full by the time the drive ends, that school will receive a $100 Shoe Sensation gift card provided by Shibley herself.

The idea came from within in the store itself. Shibley went to Laker Schools while her assistant manager went to Bad Axe. The friendly workplace rivalry sparked the idea to make the drive a contest.

“I’m trying to do something nice to give back to the community,” Shibley said.

However, as of July 25, very few items have been donated so far. The boxes aren’t yet a quarter of the way full, but Shibley still has hope that they’ll have a substantial amount to donate by the time the drive ends. June and July are usually their slow months, she said, and she’s confident that once the back to school season starts, the boxes will fill up quickly.

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