Youth Forward scholarship summer 2016 – Share our shoes

Name: Malik Ford
From: Raleigh, NC - North Carolina
Grade: Freshman
School: Fayetteville state university
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Christmas time has always been a time were I received many gifts.
Christmas day 2010 changed my view of the holiday all together. I
volunteered my time on Christmas day at an organization called Share
our shoes. I have always loved shoes and have a huge collection as
well. So Christmas morning came and instead of opening gifts I went
through my sneaker collection and chose a bunch of pairs that were
still in good shape to donate.

When I first arrived at the place, I was a little taken back by the amount of
people that were there. To be honest I couldn’t believe that so
many families would be here on Christmas morning for used shoes. All
of my memories of Christmas day were filled with images of NEW
presents under the tree and a smorgasbord of food. I believed this to
be the norm. As the morning went in I handed out shoes to many
grateful and ungrateful people. While handing out shoes, I definitely
realized how blessed I have been in my life.

Towards the end of the morning, a young girl, who appeared to be about 5, walks up to
the table were I was. She said, I was hoping that Santa would bring
me some boots but he forgot to come to my house. I asked her what
size she was and she said 5. I searched through all of the kids shoes
and I found a pair of white boots that had gems on them and fur
around the top. I walked over to her and she had the biggest smile on
her face. She asked if I could help her put them on. I untied her
shoes which appeared to be too small and there was a whole in the
bottom of the shoe. I helped her put those shoes on and her face lit
up. She turned to me and thanked me and gave me a huge hug.

I still think about that little girl today. She is the reason I continue to
volunteer today. I’m not sure if she realized this, but seeing her
smile at those boots had a major impact on my life. It taught me the
importance of giving back, and how the simplest thing as a pair of
used shoes van brighten someone’s day. I will forever be grateful
to that little girl.

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