December 7, 2016
Holbrook Elementary School kindergarten student Keyndal Burleson celebrates after the announcement that each child on campus would receive a new pair of shoes courtesy of Faith Assembly Church and Under Armour.
Dec. 7, 2016—Members of the Faith Assembly Church leadership team surprised Holbrook Elementary School students on Dec. 7 with the announcement that the church will donate a pair of shoes to every student at the school this holiday season.
Partnering with Under Armour and other Houston-area small businesses and individual community partners, Faith Assembly will give away nearly 1,000 pairs of shoes following its two services on Dec. 11.
Holbrook kindergarten students Amiyah Dieng, left, and Emilia Gutierrez react after learning they would receive free Under Armour shoes as part of Faith Assembly Church’s “The Gift” announcement.
The church’s schoolwide effort is a transition from the past three years, when it gave bicycles to 955 students at Reed Elementary School, 811 students at Frazier Elementary School and 896 students at Bane Elementary School.
“They came to meet with me one day and said they wanted to help us,” said Yvette Garcia, Holbrook principal. “I told them that, before I retired, one of my goals was for every student in my school to have a brand-new pair of shoes. Some of our kids haven’t had new shoes in years, and some come to school with duct tape holding them together. This is a bucket list item for me.”
David Tran, Faith Assembly Church associate of church ministries, cheers on Holbrook kindergarten student Kylin Williams as he hula hoops during lunch prior to the church’s shoe giveaway announcement on Dec. 7.
Faith Assembly’s announcement, known to church members as “The Gift,” came during Holbrook’s lunch periods on Dec. 7. Leadership team members played music and brought out hula hoops and beach balls to set the stage.
“We believe providing children with ‘The Gift’ is a key to unlocking more hope and joy during Christmas,” said Jason Taylor, Faith Assembly lead pastor. “It’s an investment that extends beyond the holiday. By receiving the shoes through their school, it becomes a launching point for them to gain more excitement about education. It’s more than ‘the gift’ of a pair of shoes—it’s a gift of grace.”
Leah Carreon, children’s pastor at Faith Assembly Church, instructs Holbrook Elementary School students on how they can pick up their Under Armour shoes during “The Gift” announcement on Dec. 7.
Garcia expressed her gratitude to Faith Assembly and Under Armour for the incredible gift.
“It’s outstanding,” she said. “To want to take care of every student in this school is amazing.”
Holbrook first-grade student Rayne Mathews celebrates after Faith Assembly staff members made “The Gift” announcement to students during lunch on Dec. 7.
Holbrook kindergarten student Luigy Aguilar thanks the Faith Assembly Church representatives after they announced that every student in the school would receive a new pair of shoes.