Volunteer Spirit: Fashionable boots donated to shelter provide hope

KNOXVILLE, TN. Women involved in Family Promise are getting a little extra bonus.

Clients working with the organization to get back on their feet and out of homelessness, got to "shop" for a pair of shoes or boots from Suzanni Styles, a store in Bearden that closed recently.

April Montgomery, owner of Suzanni Styles brought several pairs and styles for the ladies to try on.

She says the reason she decided to give her boots to programs like Family Promise is, "I want these women to feel special and empowered and that's what the Suzanni shoes are all about."

Suzanni shoes and boots are all unique, you're not going to see two pair alike. And they're not cheap.
"Our boots run from 139 to 429 retail," says Montgomery.

She's giving away thousands of dollars in merchandise to several local organizations that work with women and children.

April says, "To give them something to help them jump-start, work on new jobs, new opportunities make them feel real comfortable with what they have on."

And for these women who don't own much, new shoes mean a lot.
And, free, to boot!

Sara Wise, a client says, "It's like shopping only you don't have the money in your pocket."

Zoey Carter says, "To see them and touch them and even own a pair is really exciting."

Zoey also added she never buys anything for herself anymore, only for her newborn son.

"I knew this is not an opportunity our girls are going to get often, if ever. It gives them a little bit more hope, encouragement, put smiles on their faces, says Mary Thomson LeMense, Executive Director of Family Promise.

Montgomery has women's and children's sizes she is also donating to the Salvation Army and E.T. Children's Hospital.

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