TIFTON — Tift County keep delivering. A shoe drive last Friday met its goal and volunteers came together to distribute the shoes and food to children in need.

Organizer Travis Williams asked for 500 pairs of children’s shoes. He got what he asked for. 

“We had enough to cover 500,” he said.

The shoes were distributed in what Williams described as “a caravan of love” in stops across Tifton. Besides the shoes, families could pick up meals, water and hand sanitizer.

Children had plenty of options, from bright pink flip-flops to Air Jordans.

Williams thanked Peanut Butter & Jesus, the United Way, McDonalds, the Tifton Housing Authority, Marco’s Pizza and Arbys for their support.

“A lot community support,” he said. “This thing has been amazing.”

The shoe drive was not the first community effort that Williams has organized this summer. Two weeks ago, he helped set up a cookout at Puckett Park. The shoe drive did not stop at Puckett Park, but did go to five other sites: Brookfield Mews Apartments, Maple Street behind Curtis Packing, Copeland Park, near Matt Wilson Elementary and at Dees Apartments and Peterson Apartments. Roadblocks were set up so attendees could safely pick up their items.

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