They call him the "Shoe Angel" ... and for good reason!
Dave Colburn of Chico was recently honored for his kindness by the PTA and staff of Citrus Elementary School with a PTA Honorary Service Award.
Despite living on a fixed income, Colburn has purchased more than 200 pairs of shoes for children in need.
It all started when he was visiting his grandson at the school, and saw a boy who's shoes were taped to hold them together.
That's when the first gift was given.
Colburn says it's a labor of love that's been very gratifying, "I mean I've seen so many smiles. I had a boy cry and we asked him if he didn't like his shoes and he said he'd never had a new pair of shoes. He was seven years old and that's kind of hard to believe in this day and age."
Citrus School Health Assistant Anne Bartlett told Action News, "I think it's a wonderful thing he's doing. I think he's a real role model for all of us. He's got a real servant's heart."
About 75-percent of the shoes have gone to Citrus students and the rest to students at McManus, Chapman, Little Chico Creek and Marigold.
Colburn also supplies school clothing closets, with any extras going to the Jesus Center and the Torres Shelter .###