Organization provides East End students with 2,500 pairs of shoes for holidays

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Students in Houston’s East End gathered at Austin High School on Thursday to receive new shoes in time for the holidays, thanks to the Navigation Area Business Association’s annual Shoes for Kids donation.

For the 30th year, NABA donated more than 2,500 pairs of shoes to students from 10 HISD elementary schools: Burnet, Carillo, DeZavala, Franklin, Gallegos, J.R. Harris, J.P. Henderson, Lantrip, Page, and Tijerina.

This East End tradition was first organized in 1987 by the late Yolanda Black Navarro, NABA co-founder and HISD school namesake for Navarro Middle School. The program brings donors and volunteers together to help size and fit shoes for deserving elementary schoolchildren, and has provided more than 32,000 pairs of shoes to children since its inception.

Volunteers from all over Houston, including area businesses and corporate sponsors such as Rack Room, Perry Homes, Halliburton, Farouk Systems, First Service Credit Union, and Whataburger, will were on hand Thursday to fit children for a new pair of shoes.