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Even though it's a warm, beautiful Spring day, to these kids, it feels more like Christmas.
"It's like the middle of Spring Christmas," said Ernesto, a 5th grader at Davenport Ridge Elementary School.
Because each child in need of a pair of shoes or socks got them today at no cost.
Youth from the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford shopped at Payless on Bedford St. Monday. It's all part of the shoe store's "Payless Gives Shoes for Kids" program which gives $1.5 million worth of free shoes to kids around the world.
"To see the kids that need a new pair of shoes and to see them coming here and the smiles on their face when they get to pick out their own shoes," said Jeff Pytlak, unit director of the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford. "They get to walk up to the register and it's rewarding."
For some, it's the first time they've had new footwear in a while. Fifth-grader Isabella says it's been a year and since then, her feet have grown.
"It's nice because a lot of people don't have a lot of shoes and when you get an opportunity to get free shoes, or any kind of shoes, is good to have," said Isabella Colucci, a 5th grader at Davenport Ridge Elementary School.
Pytlak says about 150 kids will bring home a new pair of shoes.
"The ability to get shoes at no cost is huge to some families," said Pytlak.
Whether picking out sandals or sneakers their shopping trip was priceless.
"I feel happy because I didn't know they did this," said Eymani, a 3rd grader.
Produced By: Christina Chiarelli
2016 Workforce 100: Ranking the World’s Top Companies for HR.
American Express, which has made the list all three years, takes the top spot in this year’s list of top companies for HR.
To excel at everything from talent management to recruiting to benefits to diversity is not an easy task. To shine in those areas year after year is exemplary. Now in its third year, the Workforce 100 recognizes companies that excel in various areas of human resources during the course of the previous year. To determine which companies make the list, Workforce editors work with researchers from the Human Capital Media Advisory Group, the magazine’s research arm.
To find out which companies are the best for HR management, the research team created a statistical formula to shift through publicly available data on HR performance to separate the best from the rest. This year, to give employees more of a “say,” we’ve asked recruiting and job review website Glassdoor Inc. to provide data on what workers are saying about the companies that made our short list. From there, we combined that information with the public data available to create our 2016 Workforce 100 list.
American Express Inc. was the top company on this year’s list, and it has made the list all three years. Thirty-three other companies have also made all of the lists.