CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Chula Vista police officials joined with vendors, donors and volunteers Sunday to give pairs of shoes and socks to needy children.
School resource officers worked with principals and nurses, along with South Bay Community Services counselors to identify the children who were most in need, according to Chula Vista police.
"While some children return to school after the holidays with new clothes and shoes, many do not, as their families are often unable to provide either," police said in a statement. "Perhaps more unfortunate is that students with damaged or tattered footwear are sometimes teased or even subjected to bullying, impacting their self-esteem and making it difficult to focus on their studies."
The children picked up their shoes and socks at the third "Shoes and Socks Give-Away" at 8 a.m. at Payless Shoe Source, in the Chula Vista Center mall at 555 Broadway, police said.
During last year's giveaway, officers provided footwear to more than 1,000 boys and girls, police said, adding they sought to match or exceed that number this year.