It’s great when a community embraces an idea, and that little idea turns into something big that affects hundreds of people.

Two such programs will join forces again this year: Foster Feet and Feed the Neighborhood.

Foster Feet started as one girl’s effort to help one foster child. Lauren Anderson then took her idea and ran — pardon the pun — with it. It quickly grew to a program that helped provide shoes for 225 foster children in Garfield County.

And, it just kept growing. Last year. Foster Feet joined forces with Feed the Neighborhood, a program that provides school supplies to children in need, and provided 700 pairs of shoes to children.

This year, Foster Feet and Feed the Neighborhood plan to hand out 1,000 pairs of shoes.

Feed the Neighborhood started 19 years ago and has grown every year. This year’s event will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Stride Bank Center and David Allen Memorial Ballpark. There will be free food, family activities, haircuts and backpacks filled with school supplies for 2,000 area children.

Events begin in Stride Bank Center, where the backpacks with school supplies will be handed out. Free haircuts and shoe vouchers from Foster Feet also will be available inside Stride Bank Center. Those shoe vouchers will be redeemed with Foster Feet on Monday.

Children must be enrolled in kindergarten through ninth grade in order to receive a backpack, and all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

After attending the backpack event at Stride Bank Center, families can head across the street to David Allen Memorial Ballpark for free hot dogs, chips and water, games and inflatables, face painting and giveaways. In addition, 30 bicycles will be given away.

The Foster Feet part of the program will be 5-8 p.m. Monday at Central Christian Church, 1111 W. Broadway.

Volunteers are needed. For more information on Foster Feet, visit their Facebook page or call (580) 233-1214.

The community has embraced Foster Feet and Feed the Neighborhood, and both programs have grown so much from humble beginnings.

It just shows the impact one person can have on the community.

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Collins is executive editor of the Enid News & Eagle.

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