The holidays are a time for joyful celebrations and heart-felt giving. For the past thirteen years, Weber State Credit Union has joined in the giving of the season by providing shoes to kindergarteners at Lincoln and Roy Elementary Schools.
Donations for the shoes come from WSCU members who pariticipate in the Skip-a-Payment promotion, as well as community donations through the WSCU Foundation. With generous help from the Nike Outlet Store in West Jordan, shoes are carefully chosen for each student and then delivered by the credit union employees.
Each year, teachers read the story of “The Elves and the Shoemaker” to their students, ignition their imaginations with holiday magic. As the story ends, the students go hunting for the elves and are surprised with brand new shoes. Credit union employees happily help the students try on their shoes, marveling at the look of wonder and gratitude in their eyes. This event is the highlight of the year, and a favorite for all employees who volunteer their time to make this tradition a magical experience for the children.
Lisa Anhder, a Roy Elementary Counselor, shares her experience:
The Christmas Elves have brought shoes to our school for several years now. The unsuspecting kindergarteners are always lost in the story of The Elves and the Shoemaker, when suddenly elves are spotted in our school. As we quietly go on an elf hunt, we find a colorful pair of shoes for each student. I always invite the principal and any other staff members to come witness the pure excitement and joy of 60 plus students. Even we adults need a little magic in our lives. Students excitedly take their shoes home to share with surprised and grateful parents. I have students showing me their “Elf Shoes” for months to come. We appreciate Weber State Credit Union and the joy they’ve brought to Roy Elementary over the years.
For those wishing to contribute to this magical tradition, tax-deductible donations can be made at any WSCU Branch or online at www.weberstatecu.com.