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Cragin Elementary students gifted with new shoes

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The Northminster Presbyterian Church of Tucson gave the gift of shoes to students at Cragin Elementary School on Tuesday.

"We had found out that there were certain students that were not coming to school because they didn't have shoes to wear and it shocked us,” said Terry Reed, deacon at Northminster Presbyterian Church.

Cragin Elementary and Northminster Presbyterian share a partnership dating back to 1952.

"They do service days, they give us shoes, they bring us supplies, they bring us food, they bring us everything that our families could possibly need,” said Nathan Edwards, principal of Cragin Elementary.

This time around, the church collected over $2,000 and purchased hundreds of shoes.

Whirpool also pitched in by donating a washer and dryer.

"Some of the kids were ridiculing others because their clothes were dirty,” Reed said.

Northminster Presbyterian Church of Tucson hopes to put kids and families at ease, make them feel comfortable when stepping foot into the classroom and ready to learn.

"For the mother who doesn't have time or doesn't have a car, doesn't have the money to go to the laundromat, we'll wash the clothes for Johny, fold them and put them back in his bag,” Reed said.

"When churches work together with 4tucson, with the folks at TUSD, the good folks at Whirlpool, Tucson Appliance, great things can happen,” said Pastor Andrew Ross.

Clothes, shoes and laundry-related donations are being accepted. To contribute, click here.

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