13-year old Baton Rouge native leads shoe donation drive


As a new school year rapidly approaches, there are several donation drives in effect, including one led by a 13-year old.

There’s a buzz at the Phantasy Styles Barber Shop on Florida Boulevard, but it’s all about the shoes.

“Kyries, LeBrons, Nike, Addidas, yeah.”

13-year old DJ Hurst put together the ‘Kick’n it with D ‘Back to School Shoe Drive and Giveaway’, aimed at helping those less fortunate.

“I had all these shoes that I grew out of, I could give them to the community and probably inspire other people to do the same thing as well,” DJ Hurst said.

DJ’s father Darryl added, “To see my son be one of the catalysts of the next generation, just to step out and do what we are instilling in him, to create the shoe drive and want to give back. He’s a young kid with a bright future, and a future leading this community.”

James Price, the owner of Phantasy Styles, was happy to set up a donation box to help the cause, serving as one of five drop sites.

“A lot of kids are in need to go back to school. Me myself, I have shoes to donate, and the other barbers as well, they’ll donate as well, along with the customers,” Price said.

This Saturday, the shoes will be distributed at Gus Young Park from 12:30pm-2:30pm, in partnership with State Rep C. Denise Marcelle’s ‘Back to School’ event.

“I want to see a lot of people out there. A lot of volunteers, giving out shoes to people, the sizes they need. I hope we have enough for boys and girls, not just the boys,” DJ said.

Darryl added, “So we do have brand new pairs, sponsored by Nike, thanks Garrett (Temple), for that and sending those our way. Just a whole bunch of folks, food and fun, school supplies, shoes and just a lot of people wanting to give back to the community.”

The other shoe donation drop-off sites include O’Neils Barber and Beauty Salon, Choices Salon Suites, Wilson’s Hair Design and Love Alive Church.

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