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Denmark Elementary School student Devin Steward receives his pair of shoes donated by Jackson First Assembly, Friday, November 17.(Photo: KENNETH CUMMINGS/The Jackson Sun)Buy PhotoDENMARK In a number of different places, the Bible discusses helping children and those in need. There’s a specific passage in Matthew 25 about helping clothe those in need.

Jackson First Assembly Church accomplished both on Friday when they helped provide a pair of shoes for all 428 students at Denmark Elementary.

“Just this week I saw a student whose toes were exposed through their shoes because they were so worn out,” Denmark principal Kimberly Quinn said. “There are children who need shoes, and those children will definitely appreciate that gift.

“Those who didn’t need them as badly will just have an extra pair.”

Buy PhotoEach student at Denmark Elementary School received a pair of shoes donated by Jackson First Assembly, Friday, November 17. (Photo: KENNETH CUMMINGS/The Jackson Sun)

Jackson First Assembly pastor Gary Martinsaid his church got involved through a charity called Convoy of Hope.

“We came out a couple months ago and got the kids’ shoe sizes,” Martin said. “And we had a donor take care of the cost of all the shoes.”

The students were treated to a magic show and demonstration of a couple K 9 officers from the Jackson Police Department in the school’s gym.

Then boxes were opened, revealing shoes and a toothbrush for each child.

“These shoes are awesome!” one child said.

“Can I put these on now?” said another.

“They look like they fit,”said a third student as they left the gym.

Martin said the work to get this accomplished was worth it.

“There was one particular student, who was special needs, who was kind of slow to let me figure out his shoe size, and then he was kind of hanging on me later when I was helping another child,” Martin said. “And by the time I left, I was walking somewhere, and he came up behind me and gave me a big hug.

“His teacher told me that meant he liked me. That right there is a big reason to do this, in addition to helping anyone who needs it.”

Buy PhotoDenmark Elementary School second graders Kennedy Holt, Brennan Bates, and Garrett Blankenship react to a magic trick performed during an assembly at their school, Friday, November 17. (Photo: KENNETH CUMMINGS/The Jackson Sun)
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