NC boy donates hundreds of shoes to the needy for his birthday

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — It started out as a birthday wish. Instead of presents, a 9-year-old North Carolina boy asked for pairs of shoes for kids in need.

Gunner Robinson (Images: WSBTV via NDN)

Gunner Robinson (Images: WSBTV via NDN)

The community — and donators from across the country — delivered.

Gunner Robinson recently delivered 400 pairs of new shoes to school officials in Wilmington.

His original goal was 300 pairs, but he received much more.

The fourth grader says it feels good to help students start school on the “right foot.”

“It’s going to make me feel really happy because they’re not wearing old shoes and they’re wearing new shoes,” he said.

The shoes will be distributed to students in need in surrounding counties.

The boy hasn’t stopped giving back. He’s already working on his next project — a food drive for Thanksgiving.