r By Lana HiskeyrWord has it there is Christmas Cheer afoot! Thanks to the generosity of Nebo Credit Union members, local schools, and credit union employees, Nebo CU was able to purchase 900 pairs of quality shoes for children in 42 schools and 4 support programs within Nebo School District. Nebo CU began its Warm the Soles Program in 2000, and has been providing shoes at Christmas time ever since. The Credit Union works closely with schools to anonymously determine children in need, then goes to work purchasing, organizing, wrapping, and delivering the shoes. Anyone desiring to help may contribute money, time or both to this great cause. The majority of funding comes from credit union members who are allowed to defer their December loan payments for a $40 donation. Thanks to all who have helped to make Warm the Soles a success!
This holiday tradition has become a community supported event. Administrators, teachers, secretaries, support staff and volunteers gather names and measure feet. Some Nebo schools such as Spanish Fork Junior, Springville Junior, East Meadows Elementary, and Rees Elementary donate all their proceeds from their winter fundraiser to Nebo’s Warm the Soles program. The 897 new pairs of shoes almost doubles other years.
The staff at Famous Footwear volunteer hours of their time helping Nebo Credit Union employees and families pick out and purchase name-brand shoes. Park Elementary’s student council donates their time to help gift wrap these shoes as well as Nebo Credit Union’s employees, family and volunteers. Everyone looks forward to this annual holiday tradition. The gift wrapped shoes are then delivered to all the schools and some very happy children.
“Thank you to all who help bless the lives of children and who make Nebo Credit Union’s Warm the Soles Program a success each year. We are very grateful to our employees, credit union members, schools and community for their support and generosity. Individually our efforts may seem small, but collectively we can accomplish great things!” exclaimed Dale Phelps, Nebo Credit Union President.