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Eustace youngster asks for 900 pairs of shoes for her 8th birthday

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 7, 2013

Courtesy Photo Rachel Beets, 7, of Eustace, set her sights high by asking for  900 new pairs of shoes before her eighth birthday, Jan. 31, 2014. All the shoes will be donated to the Rainbow Room to needy children who do not have running shoes.

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Rachel Beets, 7, of Eustace, set her sights high by asking for 900 new pairs of shoes before her eighth birthday, Jan. 31, 2014. All the shoes will be donated to the Rainbow Room to needy children who do not have running shoes.

Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Rachel Beets, 7, of Eustace, hopes to celebrate her eighth birthday Jan. 31, 2014, by receiving 900 pairs of new shoes.
She doesn’t plan on wearing them. This special youngster wants to donate the new shoes to the Rainbow Room with Child Protective Services.
“I don’t think she realizes how many shoes she is asking for or the impact she will have on others by doing this,” her mother, Amanda Beets said.
After Amanda made a few phone calls to local organizations and created a Facebook page, “Rachel’s Happy Feet” was begun.
So far, the 7-year-old has already collected more than 125 pairs of shoes and $345 in donations.
“Rachel is a one-of-kind,” her proud mother said. “Rachel wants all children to have a pair of ‘fast-runners’ so they can play outside like she does.”
Rachel’s Happy Feet is collecting new kids tennis shoes in all sizes from infant to adult sizes.
The shoes may be dropped off at:
Gun Barrel City
• Top Shelf Vaping, Nana’s Natural Health Market, and city hall, all on Main Street, and the fire department on Municipal Drive in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace
• Batteries and More, the post office and fire department in Eustace.
Payne Springs
• Payne Springs Assembly of God at 5503 FM 316.
Seven Points
• Cedar Creek Carpets at 126 E Cedar Creek Parkway.
Athens
• the Rainbow Room at 420 Athens Brick Rd., Athens, TX 75751, (903) 675-5631.
Rachel will meet with the Rainbow Room president at the upcoming Duck Run Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.
She will also be hosting a Motorcycle Run Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Grace Fellowship Outreach in Eustace. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and bikes take off at 10 a.m. Bounce Houses for the kids will be donated by Paradise Party Rentals.
She reminds everyone that she’ll also collect shoes at all these events.

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