December 21, 2018
Hundreds of boxes of FILA and L.A. Gear tennis shoes, along with toys from the “Frozen” and “Star Wars” movie franchises lined tables inside the gymnasium at Daniel Webster School 46 for annual Kroger Day on December 14.
Hosted by the Kroger Co., Pacers Sports & Entertainment, and Shoe Carnival, the event provided new shoes, socks and toys to each student at the school.
Adding to the fun were appearances by Indiana Fever alumni Katie Douglas and Shyra Ely-Gash, visits by mascots Boomer and Freddie Fever, along with Eddie Gill, the pregame and postgame analyst for the Indiana Pacers.
“We love the opportunity to see the smiles on the faces, watch the eyes light up for kids who maybe haven’t had a new pair of shoes or haven’t had a new toy for a while,” said Eric Halvorson, Kroger manager of corporate affairs/spokesperson. “There are signs up on the wall that say, ‘If it weren’t for this, I wouldn’t have new shoes this year,’ so we’re inspired by the opportunity to help these kids.”
Allyson Peterkin, principal at Daniel Webster, became emotional during the event.
“My heart is full today. This is amazing,” said Peterkin, fighting back tears. “Just to see the smiles on our kids’ faces, to see these companies, community members and organizations come together and make their holidays is overwhelming. It’s amazing!”
Peterkin said some students have come to school with holes in their shoes because their parents can’t afford new ones.
“So, for all of them to get brand new shoes they can be proud of is huge for our kids,” said Peterkin. “For them to be able to pick out very wonderful toys… we are very lucky to have people care about us this way.”