Linthicum couple has been collecting shoes all year. They had the chance to pass them along to hundreds of children who need them on Wednesday.
It wasn't easy moving the 1,751 pairs of shoes and socks. Adrienne Byrd and Anthony Byrd started the shoe drive they all "Kicks for X."The shoes will go to kids with special needs.
"They may not understand it, but we know they are wearing shoes in honor of Xavier and that's awesome," Anthony Byrd said.
Xavier was the Byrds' son. He passed away from a rare disease called Schinzel-Giedion syndrome in 2017. They're donating the shoes on what would be Xavier's 10th birthday. Shoes were his thing.
"We always said, just because he had a disability didn't mean he could not have cool shoes. It really became a focal point that people would notice -- his shoes before his disability -- and that was really important to us," Adrienne Byrd said.
They're doing the donation at PACT, which is a medical childcare center with Kennedy Krieger.
"Kids who do have health care needs or do have disabilities are able to participate in a typical child care center and learn and play and develop friends and get ready for school," said Sharon Holloway, of Kennedy Krieger.
PACT did that for Xavier. It is special to the Byrds.
This is the third year the Byrd family has donated shoes. They said it gets bigger and better every year.
It's emotional but it's important, and they feel good about the way their son's legacy lives on.