by Melyssa Holbrook
I feel very lucky to be the coordinator of the Walk In Beauty program. Is it a paid position? No. Does it involve hundreds of hours of time and weeks away from my home each year? Yes. Do I love delivering sneakers to children at Navajo Elementary schools? Yes!! It is a special opportunity to be able to have the connection to the Diné people and their land.
But then there are the happy comments!
“How did you know that I always wanted new sneakers?”
“These are racing socks!”
“These shoes are awesome sauce!”
“Today is my birthday. This is a great birthday present!”
“Yay! My new shoes are finally here!”
When we arrived at Black Mesa School, people were outside cooking fry bread and tortillas, and roasting mutton and peppers, for later that afternoon. It was parent night at the school of 60 students. Once we had completed the task of fitting 30 students with new sneakers, they offered for us to come eat with them. It sure was good!
Of course the kids are the reason that we are there. And they say the cutest things!
A 3rd grade boy at Black Mesa School exclaimed, “It’s a good thing that you guys always come around here, because we torture our shoes!”.
“These shoes give me extra boost!”
“Wow! These shoes feel way better than my cousins. I’m gonna give his back to him now.”
Walk In Beauty page of our web site.