Pay It Forward: Florida group holds back-to-school shoe drive

The first day of school is still about two months away but foster kids need your help preparing for the big day.

‘Embrace Families’ is holding a back-to-school shoe drive. The group oversees more than 3,000 kids in the foster care system in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. They hope to collect 1,000 pairs of shoes for kids in need.

"For a lot of these kiddos, due to everything that is going in, this will be the first time going back in person. So, it is a way of providing some normalcy for kids in a very abnormal situation for all of us, but particularly for those who are experiencing a situation through no fault of their own who are in the foster care system," Sharon Nelson of Embrace Families told FOX 35. "Shoes equal normalcy, which then equals healing, and it gives them a sense of self-esteem."

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If you would like to help, you have several options: You can donate cash so kids can pick out their own shoes or you can buy the shoes and drop them off in person. Visit to help.

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