OLATHE, Kan. – They may be young, but an idea from six middle school aged friends has grown into a clothing exchange that now benefits the needy.
At an eighth grade basketball game, six friends came up with the idea to hand down their barely-worn shoes to someone who needs them.
Currently that idea has grown into the Fourth Annual Get N’ Give coat and shoe exchange at Prince of Peace Church in Olathe, Kan.
The exchange features gently used coats, shoes, hats and scarves which are clean, stylish and totally free.
"I think it’s fantastic. It’s a blessing. With the economy being what it is today I think this is a blessing for many people," said shopper Zen Finley.
Some may find it hard to imagine that a group of eight grade friends came up with the idea.
"When it all came into full swing, we were like, this is a great idea and then when it actually came together we were like this could be something amazing for generations to come," said Brianna Woicke, the co-founder of Give 'N Get.
The alumni from Prince of Peace Church are now juniors in high school. When the six founding friends graduate and move on, Give 'N Get will become their legacy.
"Now I’ve taken on a bigger role. Waiting for those two years to come around the corner and take charge of this big project that my brother and his friends started," said Julia McElroy, who is currently a freshman at St. Thomas Aquinas.
Volunteers gave out thousands of winter items and shoes to anyone who needed them on Sunday.