A Montana woman says her shoes are worth more than $4,000 and she has a donation to make.
Lance LaFlamme said the two pairs of high-heeled boots she wears on a daily basis could have a significant impact on the lives of people suffering from HIV and other diseases.
“The boots are the lifeblood of my life,” she told The Associated Press.
“My whole life, I’ve been able to get by on what I’ve got.”
LaFlamma says the boots could help people who are sick, elderly, and homeless find housing and health care.
They could also help save lives, according to LaFlimme, who lives in a small town about 30 miles north of Helena.
The boots can be worn daily, but she says they can also be used to walk and get around, such as on a bike or in a car.
LaFlimma has worn her boots for more than 20 years.
Her husband, Joe, is a nurse and she said they used to get about $20 for each pair.
But recently, her husband has been working full-time at a local hospital, and LaFrames son has been in school.
“My son is now in school, and I’m trying to support him,” she said.
“I have a really hard time paying rent because of the medications that he needs.
She’s working with a charity to help pay for the boots and other items that she and her husband have to give to the nonprofit, and she hopes to have a donation ready by the end of the month.
“It would make a huge difference to people that are sick and living on the streets or people who don’t have a place to go,” she added.
“That’s what I want to do.
I want people to be able to afford a pair of boots to wear on a regular basis.”
La Flamme’s donations are the first ever of their kind.
The donation, made through a local foundation, will benefit the Blood & Visions HIV &:AIDS Center.
They’re hoping to find someone else to wear the boots for a month or two.
The center said it hopes to use the boots to help more people.
“These are things that people could use to support their families, to help them with food, to provide for their medical needs, or to be more active,” said executive director Kim Anderson.
“We have a huge need for those kinds of things.”
La Famme said she also wants to help people living with HIV and AIDS.
“If you have HIV or you have AIDS, you have a right to dignity and respect,” she explained.
“If you don’t, it’s a right that you’re going to have to live with.”
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