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Father Joel Gillam of Upper Darby is helping distribute free shoes to needy schoolkids.  Credit: Ian Bush)

Needy Philadelphia Schoolkids Getting Free Shoes

They’re not the newest Nikes, but these “Toms” sneakers are great for gym class.


(A worker helps pack and load backpacks and other school supplies for needy children in the Philadelphia school system.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Philadelphia’s Neediest Schoolchildren Getting Free Backpacks, School Supplies

Thanks to a giveaway, nearly a thousand needy students in the Philadelphia school district who didn’t have a backpack or basic supplies now have them.