The Gift of Giving by Troy S. Watson, MD

Friday, December 21st, 2012, 5:42 pm

Tis the season of giving and receiving and I’m not talking about what happens around the Christmas tree. All of us want to give back to society in a meaningful way, but finding that special something that touches the heart may be the biggest challenge. Five years ago we began our annual shoe event where we give away shoes, socks and free foot screenings to the less fortunate here in Las Vegas. Soles4Souls and Hearts to Soles, two organizations dedicated to providing shoes for those in need helped jumpstart this program throughout the country partnering with foot and ankle surgeons to complete this mission. I have had the privilege of leading the Las Vegas area in this endeavor for the past 5 years. My family and office staff last month helped organize the drive by collecting shoes and distributing them. In fact many of us bring our children to help out so they have the opportunity to experience the gift of giving. It truly is infectious.
Over the past two years with the economy in a slump, there were fewer shoes to give so we reached out to the community and asked for help. The community responded by flooding our offices with new shoe donations. Zappos, with their headquarters in Las Vegas, answered by donating 400-500 pairs of shoes, allowing us to service more clients then ever. Even the Boy Scouts came calling with 2000 pairs of socks they were able to collect from generous families in our community. To all that donated to this cause…cheers! That’s the giving spirit!

The Gift of Giving happened all that day at the Salvation Army as it does every year on the Friday before Thanksgiving. We gave shoes, socks and medical care and received lots of hugs and joy at seeing so many smiles when they received a much-needed n.ew pair of shoes and socks. It’s been great for my three young children to get involved and we have even made it bigger by bringing in Zappos, the Boy Scouts and even our Korean fellow Ryan who got to experience the “gift of giving” first hand on his week visit to Las Vegas. I hope you and your family find an opportunity to give of yourselves. It is truly a privilege and food for the soul that should happen all year round.

Dr. Watson's son receiving the "Gift of Giving"



Happy Holidays,
Troy Watson, MD

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