Sharing Shoes Helps Meadowbrook Student "Pay It Forward"
Posted 03/09/2015 05:15PM

Kristina Biggs, a fourth grader at Meadowbrook, recently donated more than 200 shoes to children at Crestview, Synergy Services and City Union Mission. The shoes were part of Kristina's birthday wish that instead of gifts she receive shoes she could pass along to others.

Her mother, Tina, a site manager for Adventure Club at Crestview Elementary, tells their story best.

"In December 2013 we had a house fire and lost everything we had. A month later, we lost Kristina's father to cancer."

The family survived by the outpouring of support from staff members at Crestview and Meadowbrook, as well as the Adventure Club family.

"They donated so much to us that all our needs were met," Tina said. "Not only did the donations touch my daughter, but she was overwhelmed by the love and support she received from teachers and counselors at her school."

Kristina felt so blessed by what everyone did for her that she wanted to do the same for others. She decided on her birthday to ask for shoes instead of presents. And, on her birthday, she collected more than 200 shoes to share.

Tina adds, "I am the Adventure Club site manager at Crestview and also have been so very blessed by the staff. I want everyone to know how wonderful our school family is here in the district."

Above, NKC Schools Supt. Todd White visits with Kristina and her mother. Below are the tubs of shoes donated to Crestview Elementary where her mother works.


Faith Endsley is a recent 2018 graduate of Staley High School and her story is a miraculous tale of conquering extreme challenges and thriving against all odds.


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