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Local elementary students get new Nikes, learn about character

Volunteers from the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation handed out the sneakers to students at Desert View Elementary School on Tuesday.

Students at Desert View Elementary School were given brand-new pairs of shoes on Tuesday.

Volunteers from the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation handed out the sneakers Tuesday morning.

"It feels like I'm in a rainbow. All full of pink," second-grader Destiny Munoz said as she tried on her new black and pink shoes. "I feel like brand new."

Organizers estimated that the 500-plus pairs of Nikes cost more than $14,000.

"Every time we come to this school, we just know we're making a difference for so many children," said Amy Marcus, who was in charge of handing out the shoes.

Organizers said they try to choose schools with the most need.

"We had one child whose socks were embedded in his feet because they had been on there for so long," said Marcus.

Over the years, she said she's learned the value of giving.

"When you make a difference in a child's life, they make a difference in your life. The more you give, the more you get. So just keep on giving," said Marcus.

The students are also learning to make a difference. They earned their shoes by showing teachers their character.

"Whenever I go to PE, I've been saying 'Yes, ma'am,' 'Yes, sir,'" said Destiny.

It was the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation's 13th shoe giveaway. To date, the foundation has handed out more than 6,000 pairs of sneakers.

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