Fifty five foster children in Riverside County received brand new shoes given to them by Angels Baseball star Matt Shoemaker.

The athletic shoes, provided by Shoes that Fit with funds from Pechanga Resort & Casino, will empower the kids to start the school year off more comfortable and less self-conscious.

Shoemaker handed each child a brand new pair of shoes in his or her exact size, and gave out lots of high fives.

“I’m going to be wearing these the first day of school. I’m excited,” said 17-year old Vanessa Franco as she held up her new turquoise athletic shoes.

“Shoes That Fit and Shoemaker, it’s meant to be, right?” Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker commented.  “This is great stuff. Some of the kids have been in sad, unfortunate situations, but that’s where you do what you can to make a kid smile.”

Following the shoe giveaway, both the children and their foster parents were treated to dinner at the internationally-inspired Pechanga Buffet.