Hundreds of children in the area will be able to keep their toes toasty this winter, thanks to St. Mary's Help of Christians Catholic School.


The school's vocational club set up its first Slipper Project to donate roughly 300 pairs of slippers to needy children in the area. The slippers of all shapes and sizes were also filled with candy and other small gifts.


“We wanted to do some kind of service project,” said Peggy Wertz, St. Mary's principal.


The class had been learning about the Feast Day of St. Nicholas when they came up with the idea.


“At night, children take their shoes off, and St. Nicholas would leave candy and toys in them,” explained Collins Bradford, a student at the school.


In honor of the Patron Saint of Children, the students spent Thursday going to places, such as Helping Hands and Children's Place, to donate the slippers.


“For many of these children, these will be the only slippers they have,” said Children's Place Executive Director Peggy Ford. “It's meaningful for us to have the community think about us like this. Our whole mission during Christmas is to give families what they need. I see the slippers as being a part of that.”


The students spent last week filling and wrapping the slippers during their club meeting. Children's Place received roughly 65 to 75 pairs.