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Dena and Lou McMurray of Fresno know there's a lot of need in their city.

In fact, Fresno County is number one in terms of residents living in poverty (25.6%) in the state of California.

When Lou's sister Ann Morgan, Board Chair of Shoes That Fit, introduced them to the organization, they knew they could make a difference right in their own community.

“When Ann told us there was a potential to bring this program to Fresno, we were thrilled,” says Lou.

Shoes That Fit worked with the McMurrays to identify Jefferson Elementary School where 97% of students are on the free or reduced lunch program.

Almost the entire school was in need of some hope and the McMurrays brought it by delivering new athletic shoes to all 500 students.

“Shoes are one of the most expensive items for families to provide for their kids,” says Executive Director, Amy Fass. “We find that there are a lot of kids who are missing school, not participating in PE, being bullied because of the shoes they’re wearing. So were here to do something really concrete for these kids, giving them new shoes.”

Not only did the McMurrays deliver shoes, they delivered smiles, hope, dignity and joy.

“We couldn't believe how happy these kids were. It was truly inspiring and humbling, and we can't wait to do it again,” says Dena.

Fresno kids get shoes for school

For more smiles from the event, check out our Facebook album.


Headline photo: Ann Morgan, Shoes That Fit Board Chair, with Dena and Lou McMurray