ASHEBORO, N.C. -- Kendall Hagerman, 7, is going above and beyond to help children who are without something so many take for granted.
Since February, Hagerman has been collecting shoes to give to children who need them.
“It makes me feel happy because I’m doing the right thing for God,” she said.
The project, Kendall’s Closet, initially started after Hagerman attended a missions meeting with her grandparents and heard about a little girl in need of shoes.
“She was walking her on pant legs because she had no shoes,” said Kathleen Hagerman, Kendall’s grandmother.
“When I heard about Brittany, I had to get her a pair of shoes, so that’s how it all started,” Kendall said.
However, after Kendall purchased Brittany shoes, she wanted to continue helping others.
Churches, civic groups and schools have rallied to help Kendall’s cause by donating shoes or money to help her purchase shoes.
She recently traveled to Columbia, North Carolina, to collect shoes from an elementary school and a middle school.
Kendall has surpassed her goal of collecting 1,000 pairs of shoes with a current total of 1,006 pairs.
The shoes, many of them new, will be taken to West Virginia in early December to give to victims of the floods that happened this past spring.
“I hope that all the little girls and boys and big girls and boys get a pair of shoes,” Kendall said.
“I’m really proud of her. At 7 years old I think God has big things in store for her because after we did that she said, ‘When I grow up I want to be a missionary.’ I said, ‘Honey you already are a missionary because this is a mission in itself,’” Kathleen Hagerman said.
Kendall will be partnering with Generation 4 Hope, a Stoneville-based group, to distribute the shoes during its Appalachian Christmas Giveaway in West Virginia.
Remaining items will be given to North Carolina flood victims.
If you would like to donate to Kendall’s Closet, you can contact family members at (336) 215-5313 or (336) 736-0131.