Hundreds of students at Beall Elementary School in South Central El Paso have a new pair of shoes, thanks to the generosity of 13-year-old Drew Frank.

“I really wanted to make a difference in these children’s lives,” said Drew, an eighth grader at St. Clement’s School and the son of Adam and Dana Frank of El Paso. Instead of asking for gifts for himself for his bar mitzvah, Drew asked guests to donate to a shoe giveaway.

Working with the Braden Aboud Foundation and more than $30,000 in donations, he purchased new sneakers for 400 students at Beall. When the shoes were delivered last Monday, Drew, who is on crutches after his recent surgery to correct a congenital foot problem, helped the students pick out their new shows.

Photos by Jorge Salgado

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