A line of children and their parents formed outside the Alice Payless Shoe Source Wednesday, Aug. 23 for a pair of shoes that will help them start the upcoming school year.

The Corpus Christi Association of REALTORS® celebrate its 34th anniversary of helping kids by holding its annual Walk with Pride Foundation Program. They also held an event at Payless Shoe Source in La Palmera Mall.

For the past 34 years, Association members have generously donated dollars to give away pairs of shoes to some of the neediest children. Back in 1983, when Walk-with-Pride began, the goal was to collect sufficient dollars to be able to give away 100 pairs of shoes - a lofty goal at the time, but one that has been surpassed many times over in the ensuing years. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Val Valentine starting this program 33 years ago and the Association’s Public Relations Committee, the dollars donated from the REALTOR® community and the kids served has increased dramatically.

These shoes go to children and families who are in definite need. In addition to the shoes, each child is given a bag filled with school supplies.

This year, Dymanite Real Estate, Corpus Christi and Odonis Realty along with Stewart Title Company, and Guaranty Title and Abstract Company.