SM donates thousands of shoes in Bulacan

Students from Loma De Gato Elementary School can now walk to school in comfort after receiving new school shoes from SM Malls in Marilao, Valenzuela, and Sangandaan.

SOME 3,000 learners from public schools in Bulacan can now walk to school in comfort after receiving a donation of school shoes from SM Malls in Marilao, San Jose Del Monte, Pulilan and Baliwag as well Sangandaan and Valenzuela.

A volunteer from SM City San Jose Del Monte helps the student in wearing his new shoes during SM’s shoe drive turnover at Tungkong Mangga Elementary School.

The donation is part of SM Supermalls’ 60th-anniversary celebration, through which the company has donated over 60,000 pairs of new shoes to children affected by poverty nationwide.

“This campaign is very close to our hearts” shares SM City Marilao Mall Manager Bernadette Velasco. “SM’s shoe drive signifies our humble beginnings, our milestone, our legacy and our pledge in making our communities better; after all our company started out with shoes” Velasco added.

Students ages 7-9 arrived in batches at a time, each being sized and fitted for their own pair of shoes.

According to Loma De Gato Elementary School Principal Rhea Malabanan, parents typically struggle to provide shoes required for school. Malabanan added that students often use slippers or come to school barefoot.

Dr. Flordeliza Limon of Tungkong Mangga Elementary School also shared that many children are also prevented from attending school because they lack resources to buy shoes.

Through the donation, SM Supermalls sought to encourage and motivate students to do well in school.

“We all know that shoes are the basic commodity that everybody needs but sadly not everybody can afford,” says SM City San Jose Del Monte Mall Manager Jose Mari Emmanuel Correa. He also explained that with the donated shoes, SM hopes that children would not miss the opportunity in getting to school for an education.

Elated students of Engr. Vicente R. Cruz Memorial School holding up their new school shoes that SM City Baliwag and SM Center Pulilan donated. Kids’ warm smiles bring meaning to SM’s 60,000 shoe drive.

Along with a handwritten note from SM Mall volunteers, new school shoes were distributed to students at Loma De Gato and Patulo Elementary School in Marilao, Tungkong Mangga Elementary School in San Jose Del Monte and Engr. Vicente R. Cruz Memorial School in Baliwag.

“#AweSMatWork: 60,000 Shoes” is one of the many projects under the Employee Volunteerism Program that is spearheaded by SM’s Human Resources Department through SM Cares.

A simultaneous activity, a total of 15,669 employees donated shoes for destitute learners nationwide.

With the #AweSMatWork: 60,000 Shoes project, SM stays confident that in every sole donated there will rise stories of successes to share like that of the company’s founder. (RONDA Balita Online News)

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.


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