Just days after a post showed up on Facebook asking people to donate running shoes to the Flandreau Indian School, help is on the way. KELOLAND News introduces you to a high school student from another community with a gift for his fellow runners.
Braden Peters is a senior at West Central High School. He’s been in cross country since the 7th grade and knows the importance of a good pair of running shoes. That’s why he’s decided to help.
“I saw that and so the next day we actually had our first day of cross country practice and I just decided to tell the team and we decided that we should all just get a giant box and bring all our shoes the next day and we had a pretty good turn out,” Peters said.
After collecting several pairs of shoes from his family and teammates, he decided to reach out to a Sioux Falls business.
“I just decided to text 605 and said we were doing the shoe drive and they said to come on down we have plenty of shoes for you,” Peters said.
“We’re always collecting shoes here so we’ve always got plenty to donate when it’s necessary and so to see kids take the charge that really fires us up,” owner 605 Running, Greg Koch said.
Peters has collected 25 pairs of shoes. He even expects more to come in.
“Running is an incredible sport, it’s a community and the community really takes care of itself and so to see that starting at a young age at the high school level, and for us to be able to support that is really great,” Koch said.
It’s a step in the right direction for everyone involved.
“Inside I know it feels better to help other people succeed,” Peters said.
Peters hopes to deliver the shoes sometime this week.