BELTON – As part of the Apple Tree project, more than 600 students selected new shoes at the Belton Christian Youth Center on Saturday, said Tasha Roberts, director of the Helping Hands Ministry in Belton.

Helping Hands teamed up with First Blessing of Temple to distribute shoes at the BCYC gym, supported by around 100 volunteers.

“The registered families bought shoes for $ 5 a pair and the community sponsors paid the rest of the cost,” she said. “This gives parents the chance to get new shoes for their children at affordable prices.”

The children also received a rucksack, socks and a hygiene package from Altrusa.

Project Apple Tree has been helping students from Belton, Academy and Holland with their school supplies for 22 years. This is the second year of shoe distribution.

“They have their feet measured,” she said. “Then they can come over and choose a pair of shoes. You can try them on. Most of them are sports shoes. “

The Vista Community Church of Temple was set up outside with free snow cones and a couple of inflatables for the kids after they left the gym.

Kelsey Lackey, son of First Blessing’s founder Glenn Lackey, said the service was around eight years old.

“We’re trying to be a mechanism for organizations to reach out to their communities,” he said. “Just love for people is our main goal. The volunteers sometimes have more of it – to take part in a service. “

As a woman from a church told him, he said it was a program where they could all serve together. Recently, he said, a family shared a similar idea.

“Your children have seen that this is not just about them, but they can go and serve others to make the world a better place,” he said.

Donna Davis, a member of Vista Community Church, said it was her first time helping with shoe distribution.

“The choice is just amazing,” she said. “It’s very organized. You just go to your size, start with a color and take it from there. “

The girls like pink, she said, but some like glitter. The boys like black and red, she said.

“I will definitely try again next year,” she says. “It’s a great experience.”