For twenty-two Christmases, Nebo Credit Union, with the help of local businesses and community members, has organized “Warm the Soles,” a fundraiser to provide new shoes for students. Beginning in 1999 with only 25 pairs of shoes, the effort has grown to providing around 10,000 pairs of shoes in the last decade for students in 45 Nebo schools.
With planning beginning in January, teachers search for students in need, get their shoe size, and send the information to Nebo Credit Union. Nebo Credit Union employees, in turn, purchase the shoes right before Christmas. After the shoes have been wrapped, they are delivered to the appropriate school.
East Meadows Elementary, Rees Elementary, Maple Grove Middle, and Spanish Fork Junior all donated the money they earned through their schools’ Penny Wars. Students from Maple Mountain High in the FBLA and DECA business classes helped wrap the shoes. Additionally, Nebo Credit Union customers had the option of deferring a loan payment to donate money to “Warm the Soles.” Nebo Credit Union had numerous employees, kids, and Famous Footwear employees from the Spanish Fork store that helped with shopping for the 700 pairs of shoes this year.
“For many students, this will be one of the only wrapped Christmas gifts they receive,” said Mary Ann Eyres, Nebo Credit Union. “The student donations greatly helped us. I am so thankful for all the help we receive. This program is dear to our hearts. We are grateful we can brighten students' lives this Christmas season.”
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