RE: Where to get free shoes, etc for needy family?
Try any sort of organization that does stuff for kids. Key words to google for would be like "Blank City Family Services" and "Blank City Children's Charity" and "Blank City Family Support Agency". Organizations like the Kiawanis, the Eagles and various other fraternal organizations or veteran's groups often have a child specific focus in their service projects. Common programs include back to school stuff, clothing and shoes.
Also, if your child's school wanted to start a shoe voucher program, Payless Corporate, will give 10-15% off the actual cost. I distribute shoe vouchers via work here in Seattle and that is how we do it- Payless bills us and takes a discount off the top. I understand that they do this for many charities around the country.
Katie, mama to a pair of boys.