ROY -- Jaylin Bunderson could hardly contain her excitement.
The 8-year-old Lakeview Elementary School student had just been given a beautifully wrapped box containing a brand-new pair of black-and-hot-pink shoes, and she was literally jumping for joy.
"She had no clue she was getting them," Jaylin's mother, Julie, said. "This was a total surprise. She is so excited. I'm excited. This is a wonderful thing."
The youngster, along with 205 fellow students, received a new pair of shoes, pizza dinner and a visit from Santa Claus this week, all courtesy of America First Credit Union.
"This is our Warm the Soles service project that we have been doing for 18 years," said Keicha Christiansen, administrator of America First Credit Union's employee volunteer program.
"We ask our members for donations throughout the year, and then we use those donations to purchase a new pair of shoes for students."
So far this year, the financial institution has given away 800 pairs of shoes to Utah and Las Vegas schools.
"We partner with several different schools and try to fulfill the needs of every student who could use a new pair of shoes," Christiansen said.
The shoe boxes were wrapped and stacked on the stage of the auditorium and cafeteria.
As families came inside, they were greeted by America First volunteers who helped them find their shoe size and helped many of the kids with fittings.
"America First is doing a great thing for our kids," said Lakeview Principal Shirley Passey. "We have several who need some extra help, and they will be very excited. It's very emotional for me to watch."
Nevaeh Martinez, 7, said she was excited to open her box and try on her new pair of shoes.
"I like them a lot," she said with a big smile on her face.
Her mother, Liz Martinez, said it's been a tough year for her family.
"It's tough all over out there right now," she said. "This has really helped. We're very grateful."