Program helps provide shoes to youth in need

The Kicks N the Halls program was started two years ago by The Fitted Foot Shoe Store in Seymour.

The program helps underprivileged youth at the high school level to receive new athletic shoes as students head into the fall/winter season.

Protecting your feet in the fall/winter months with proper shoe gear is imperative in maintaining your health, according to a news release from The Fitted Foot.

In the first year of raising money for this program, The Fitted Foot was able to hand out 19 pairs of brand-new shoes, divided between Seymour and Jennings County high school students. The school nurses serve as the liaisons between The Fitted Foot and the students, ensuring that the students who are in need receive the new athletic shoes.

This year, with the help of the Color Fun Run on April 16 at the new Fitted Foot location in Columbus and several sponsors, the business was able to distribute 40 pairs of new Brooks and Saucony shoes to students at Columbus East, Columbus North, Jennings County and Seymour high schools.

Individual donations also were collected through the two shoe stores. Their Saucony representative, Casey Abston, and Brooks representative, Alex White, helped support the cause, too.

The Fitted Foot plans to continue the Color Fun Run and the Kicks N the Halls program. Donations are accepted at any time.