As part of the celebration of #AweSM 60th anniversary, the project “Change a life, Shoe some love” is a nationwide shoe drive where SM North Luzon Malls and all other 71 SM Malls distributed 60,000 pairs of sturdy shoes to selected public schools nationwide last October 1st, 2018.
For the city of Pines, SM City Baguio donated a total of 1,000 pairs of shoes to Bakakeng Elementary School, San Carlos Heights Elementary School, Irisan Elementary School (dumpsite), Sto. Tomas Elementary School, Piminggan Elementary School, San Pascual Elementary School, Taloy Norte Elementary School and Tabu Elementary School.
For SM City Tarlac, a total of 17 Shopping Center Management Corporation (SCMC) employees extended their help in the distribution of 1,000 pairs of shoes to three schools, namely, Asturias Elementary School, Mapalacsiao Elementary School and Carangian Elementary School. One school prepared a drum and lyre band performance to show their warm welcome to SM City Tarlac volunteers, while another school performed “Good Job Clap” for SM City Tarlac and for Henry Sy, Sr.
In Pangasinan, 20 employees from SM City Rosales volunteered to distribute 1,000 pairs of shoes to 12 schools, namely, Cabalaoangan Elementary School, Camangaan Elementary School, Carmen Elementary School, Guiling-Coliling Elementary School, Palakipak Elementary School, Pangaoan Elementary School, Rabago Elementary School, Rosales South Central School, San Bartolome Elementary School, San Isidro Elementary School, Sitio Baong Elementary School, Tomana Elementary School and SPED Center. Students printed out “Agyaman Kami” (Nagpapasalamat kami) to show their deep gratefulness to SM for graciously donating shoes. Meanwhile, 32 volunteers from SM City Urdaneta also donated 1,000 pairs of school shoes to the students of Tabuyoc Elementary School, Don Amadeo Perez Sr. Central School – East, Trinidad Perez Elementary School, Don Amadeo Perez Sr. Central School – Main and Don Amadeo Perez Sr. Central School – West.
Another 1,000 pairs of shoes were given by SM City Cauayan with 25 volunteers from SCMC employees. School beneficiaries were Minante 2 Elementary School in Cauayan City, Naguilian-Bacolud Elementary School, Tubo Elementary School, San Ignacio Elementary School in Ilagan City, Isabela.
A total of 2,000 pairs of shoes were given by SM City Cabanatuan and SM Megacenter to Lazaro Francisco Integrated School San Josef Elementary School, ACA Elementary School and Sumacab Elementary School.
Up North, SM City Tuguegarao, with 17 SCMC employees, joined the turnover of 200 sponsored pairs of shoes at Balzain Elementary school.
Also, other SM Supermalls participated in the shoe distribution targeting 60000 pairs of shoes for the school children nationwide.
The student beneficiaries received their pairs of shoes with so much joy as they also read the dedication cards the SM volunteers themselves have written for them. It was indeed a fun-filled and memorable Monday not only for SM North Luzon Malls but also for those whose hearts have been touched by this nationwide shoe drive.
By Karren Nobres