LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Students in Livingston Parish who were affected by the historic August flooding are getting back on their feet thank to a program created by the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce.
The program, called Heart & Sole, received donations of new tennis shoes and funds from the Wives of Louisiana Wildlife Agent. The funds, which came in from Leesville, Bunkie, Alexandria, and Simmesport, total more than $1,240 and will be used to purchase new shoes from the more than 10,000 displaced Livingston Parish students. Heart & Sole has partnered with a vendor, Oh Pair, to purchase new shoes at a discounted price.
Since the flooding, more than 600 pairs of shoes have been delivered to the Livingston Parish School System. Fleet Feet Sports of Baton Rouge has been a major part in helping to provide more than 400 pairs of shoes to Livingston Parish through this program.
Heart & Sole was created through the Chamber's Leadership Livingston class of 2016. Heart & Sole is made up of a group of Livingston Parish professionals who saw a need in the community and decided to do something to help. Heart & Sole partnered with Livingston Parish Counselors to identify children in need. During the 2015-16 school year, Heart & Sole provided more than 150 pairs of shoes to kids in Livingston Parish. The program is an ongoing project supported by Leadership Livingston Alumni.
Those who want to support the project can contact Heart & Sole's Todd Peters at 225-305-5510.