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Church donates shoes for every kid at Piedmont school

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NewSpring Church members put shoes on students at Grove Elementary. (Dec. 5, 2012/FOX Carolina) NewSpring Church members put shoes on students at Grove Elementary. (Dec. 5, 2012/FOX Carolina)
PIEDMONT, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate church has kept recent tradition alive this year, donating a pair of shoes and other supplies for every student at a Piedmont elementary school.

NewSpring Church members have donated money to help buy a pair of shoes, socks, backpacks and school supplies for every student at Grove Elementary School.

SLIDESHOW: Donated shoes given to local students

School officials said NewSpring began this holiday donation tradition a few years ago.

"When they walk in they are a little surprised because NewSpring is so excited with all of their praise and welcoming, and the kids are like oh my what is this, then they realize this is all for me, and the smiles and the energy leaving here is just amazing." said Grove's Principal Deborah Bauer.

The New Balance sneakers lined the floors of the school's gym Wednesday morning as church members passed out the Christmas gifts to more than 600 students, putting shoes on each child's feet.

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