For the second year in a row, the Grace Lutheran Church has raised money to buy new shoes for students in area schools.

Lynn Hemming organized the event and said it went well.

"It was really great and we also appreciate Wal-Mart gave us a cash donation towards the shoes."

The program ran from August 24 to Sept. 4. The church asked to meet up with the students so they could choose their own shoes.

"We gave out 20 pairs of shoes and [had] some very appreciative recipients," Hemming explained. "In fact, we got a few notes expressing how much they appreciate it and what this meant, to not have to worry about footwear for their kids."

Hemming said that every kid deserves a new pair of shoes and that she understands that there are a lot of costs involved with heading back to school in September.

"We're just happy to be able to help out the community. I know that there are some families that back-to-school can be a very expensive time of the year. If we can help out just a little, it's a small token but if we can help, that's great."

The next fundraiser for the Grace Lutheran Church is their upcoming pig roast on Oct. 21 to raise money for the accessible playground at Greentree Elementary School.

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