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Post Date:09/03/2015 3:32 PM

After finding out about something called “Share the Spirit” a few years ago, Lafourche Parish Government’s Director of Community Services Reggie Bagala successfully reached out to the Illinois-Colorado based non-profit foundation about hosting a shoe giveaway event in Thibodaux.

Through the efforts of Share the Spirt and Lafourche Parish Government, more than 100 pairs of shoes will be handed out to area school children at an event scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 2, at Payless Shoes, 610 N. Canal Blvd.

“We are so appreciative to Share the Spirit and the generosity they have shown us,” Bagala said. “As is our goal with everything thing we do as a department, we want to help as many children as possible.”

According to Share the Spirit co-founder Karen Voepel, the group is excited to visit south Louisiana where they will also be holding similar events in New Orleans and Mississippi.

“We formed this non-profit in 2003, and it has really grown since then,” Voepel said. “We hold several fundraisers throughout the year to raise the necessary funds to have events like the one we have planned for Thibodaux.”

Bagala said he has lined-up volunteers from Delta Zeta Sorority at Nicholls State to assist with the event.

The structure is fairly simple, explained Voepel.

“We allow 15-25 kids to enter the store at a time and we give them about 30 minutes to select a pair of shoes with the aid of a volunteer. The volunteers help fit them and walk with them to the cash register to purchase their shoes,” Voepel said.

The event will be held specifically for qualifying families that meet the CSBG income qualifications below:


# Household Members

Monthly Income Allowable

Annual Income Allowable

1 person



2 people



3 people



4 people



5 people



6 people



7 people



8 people




For a participation form for the first come, first served event, visit either the Thibodaux Outreach Office (2535 Veterans Blvd.), Mathews Site Office (4876 Hwy. 1) or Galliano Outreach Office (16241 E. Main St. Suite 13B). Anyone with additional questions can call 985-537-7603.

To learn more about the foundation, visit  

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