Kids Get New Shoes Courtesy of Rockledge Kiwanis Club’s Annual Giveaway at Emma Jewel

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funded by the Nestor Hebert Shoe Fund

Nearly 100 children at Emma Jewel Charter Academy received new shoes Wednesday morning. It was part of the Rockledge Kiwanis Club’s annual shoe giveaway funded by the Nestor Hebert Shoe Fund. (Cocoa police image)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA — Nearly 100 children at Emma Jewel Charter Academy received new shoes Wednesday morning. It was part of the Rockledge Kiwanis Club’s annual shoe giveaway funded by the Nestor Hebert Shoe Fund.

Emma Jewel Charter Academy was just one of several schools selected throughout Brevard County to receive the shoes.

Cocoa police officers, members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers from the Rockledge High School Key Club helped find the right sizes to fit each child.

The Rockledge Kiwanis Club will follow up with any child that did not have the right size to make sure they receive a pair of shoes before the end of the week.

Nestor Hebert, a local Brevard County businessman, saw this need, and in 1947 he began providing much-needed shoes for Brevard County children. In 1978, the Rockledge Kiwanis Foundation, Inc. took on the task of distributing the shoes.

Currently, this organization serves children from Kindergarten through third grade. To date, the Nestor Hebert Shoe Fund and the Rockledge Kiwanis Foundation, Inc. have distributed close to 100,000 pairs of shoes to children in Brevard County.

“We love helping out with this event each year,” said Chief Mike Cantaloupe.

“The Rockledge Kiwanis Club is a good community partner in our city and giving these kids new shoes every year certainly makes a positive impact.”

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