Tuesday, July 15, 2008

WIC Program Starts Soles4Souls Project

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better known as the WIC Program - serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, & children up to age 5 who are at risk.

WIC participants in West Virginia are kicking up their heels and stepping out in style this summer in their new shoes provided by local podiatrist, Dr. Lenord Horwitz as part of the Soles4Souls project.

Shoe manufacturers who have partnered with Soles4Souls have donated shoes to be given out to families in need. Dr. Horwitz chose to donate 110 pairs of Sketchers canvas slip-ons to the TSN/WIC Program clinics in Bluefield and Welch, West Virginia.

Parents and TSN staff alike are delighted with the smiles of the children as they try on their new shoes during this pilot phase of the project.

"They're asking about shoes for toddlers too," comments TSN clerk Mary Williams, about the excited mothers and caregivers. Program director Elva Clemons is optimistic about getting more varieties and sizes in the future.

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