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The Perfect Fit Foundation

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Back to school time can be a big financial burden for struggling families.

However, a local organization is gearing up to provide shoes for elementary aged students in need for the new school year.

"If you could be there on the day when the kids get the shoes it's like Christmas," Lynda Ellington with the Rapides Parish School Board.

The "Perfect Fit Foundation" was founded in honor of the late well-known shoe salesman Jerry Harp.

"In his honor I formed this foundation that gives shoes to elementary aged children where the teacher has seen the need in the classroom. This is not a shoe give-away program this is where the rubber meets the road," said son Willie Harp. 

The organization's goal is to provide students in need, with a pair of shoes to help them kick off the new school year on the right foot.

They hope to provide 1,400 pairs of shoes for students in Cenla.

"They are the bottom line. They are where the rubber meets the road. That's where students can actually come to school and can fit in, can participate in activities and everything else," said Ellington.

The foundation will hold a special fundraiser to help raise awareness of the group's mission, which continues after the school year, begins.

"We are going to raise a little money very soon because we have a pancake fundraiser at St. James Episcopal church.  They are great sponsors partnered by La Capitol Federal Credit Union. We raise money just selling pancakes and right after that we determine what the need is. We order the gift cards from Academy," said Harp. 

The fundraiser will take place on September 12th at St. James Episcopal Church.

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