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There is something pretty awesome about people’s giving spirit this time of year.

And right now, I feel particularly blessed.

img_2659After finding out one of my families had no heat, I started talking with another teacher who taught a student from the same family. She was worried about boots. Bunches of boots. Between us we had eight students we could name off the top of our heads who needed boots. I had already been working social media to get a few of my students set, but the need is still great. So I put out a call here, on facebook through social sites that offer items for free, and through twitter. Oh, and I sent out an email to everyone at my school.

I have received so much love!

People online sent me links of gently used free boots being offered. One woman asked me to join another website so I could cross-post my ask.

Teachers at school told me they were going through their closets for me and maybe would have some. One sent me the number of her mother-in-law to try to hook me up. Boots showed up at the school with my name on them.

A woman named Lynn sent me $60 via Amazon. With that, I was able to buy three pair of boots for our smallest feet.

Sparks, who works for the district, put out the word and got a local builder to contribute cash. Our multilingual liaison coordinator handed me $200 cash and told me to buy boots. We put our heads together to think about who might be able to offer the best deal, to make the money go the furthest.

Derrek Hellyer at a local company called Danform Shoes came through for us. The remaining sizes were found (save one). And he offered us a couple of extra pairs since he couldn’t get the men’s size 7.5 we were looking for.

And it’s all good. We get students year round, and they always don’t have enough. I’m sure there will be feet to fill them.

I must admit that I cried.

I am just overwhelmed by people’s generosity and kindness.

And I hope the love continues.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart! And keep it coming!

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