When 19-year-old School Station resident Jason Wright was killed in a 2018 automobile wreck, his household was devastated.
However the younger man’s particular love for gathering sneakers has impressed a group effort that might make a distinction within the lives of many School Station ISD college students.
“Jason, in case you knew him, was a lover of life,” stated Wendy Williams, Wright’s mother and an area educator. “He had a terrific smile and a terrific humorousness. He by no means met a stranger.”
On the day Wright died, the group misplaced not solely a former soccer participant for A&M Consolidated Excessive Faculty, however a pal and loving member of the family. As Wright’s household searched for tactics to manage in the course of the grieving course of, his mother mirrored on one particular curiosity the teenager had.
“One of many issues he began to like very early on, from age ten, was sneakers,” she remarked. “When he received his first pair of sneakers at our home, it was essentially the most thrilling factor for him. As he received older, that was sort of a vibrant spot – one thing to sit up for.”
Williams was drawn to the concept of sharing her son’s pastime of gathering sneakers, by serving to children who might not have their very own. Working for various Texas college districts over the yr, Williams stated she’s seen firsthand how kids with out ample clothes undergo, and have hassle focusing at school. And, she recalled how her son liked to make use of his shoe buying behavior for charitable efforts, like clothes drives.
“Each child in our space ought to have the ability to begin college with a brand new pair of sneakers that match,” Williams stated. “It makes a distinction on day one. It’s only a confidence booster to stroll in there with sneakers that match.”
With the assistance of some native connections, Jason Wright’s household have began ‘Kicks for Children,’ a shoe drive benefiting CSISD’s clothes distribution program ‘Chrissy’s Closet.’ Pairs of newly bought sneakers, sized for each children and older youngsters, could be donated all all through the month of July [Jason Wright’s birthday month] at Elms Orthodontics in School Station, Daniel Stark legislation agency in Bryan, or Dwelling Hope Church School Station.
“The group response has simply been superb up to now,” stated Maria Wiggins, aunt of Jason Wright and promoter for Kicks for Children . “Lots of people have requested how they may help, how they’ll unfold the phrase. I do know that on the Elms Orthodontics location, they’ve a couple of dozen pairs of sneakers. There’ve been financial donations coming in as effectively. Chrissy’s Closet has up to date us that there’s about $1,000 donated up to now by way of the month, so we’re actually enthusiastic about that.”
Anybody keen on honoring Jason Wright and giving sneakers to college students in want, may also go to the Fb web page ‘Kicks for Children BCS.’
The household additionally hope to put extra donation containers at companies across the county.“We’re only a School Station household making an attempt to honor our son and provides again within the course of,” stated Williams.