CHICAGO — An assistant principal of a Chicago elementary school is spearheading a drive hoping to get 1,000 pairs of new shoes on the feet of the city's children.
The "Sleeping in My Boots" campaign is collecting shoes in children's sizes 10 through 4 at Fleet Feet Sports stores citywide through Oct. 19., said Anita Ivory, an assistant principal at Tilton Elementary School in West Garfield Park.
"I see children come into schools with shoes too big or too small for their feet all the time," Ivory said.
The shoes can be any kind, so long as they're not used, and will be distributed to children on Oct. 26, said Ivory, who is running the drive with her sister Danita Ivory, a public defender.
Most of the children receiving the shoes live in North Lawndale, but the drive aims to give shoes to kids in other parts of the city too.
Fleet Feet stores are in Lincoln Square at 4762 N. Lincoln Ave.; Old Town at 1620 N. Wells St.; and the South Loop at 150 W. Roosevelt Road.
By Thursday morning, Anita Ivory said the drive had already garnered 100 pairs of shoes.