In one of his dispatches from Mexico, he tells the following story of a girl named Alexandra who was thrilled to receive the perfect pair of new shoes.
We’re in Oaxaca, Mexico, in the community of San Agustin Yatareni. She’s wearing a clean, pink and white dress. She’s beautiful, despite the holes in her dress. She’s one of 270 children who will receive shoes today.
We take off her old shoes. They’re dirty and very worn. She has no socks. Then we get some wipes and clean her feet. We ask her what her name is and how old she is. She’s Alexandra, and she’s 9 years old.
We make her laugh by offering her my size 12 men’s shoes for her to wear. Her eyes dance when she laughs. We find a pair of shoes to fit and they happen to be pink and white, matching her dress.
Later in the day, we visit the homes of a few families served by this Buckner Family Hope Center and we see Alexandra again playing outside her concrete brick and tin home. She smiles shyly; she remembers us. It is a joyous reunion. Her mother thanks us with shining eyes.
You can listen to more of Dave’s stories about the recent Shoes for Orphan Souls trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, here.