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Make your Christmas count: serve children in need in Mexico with Air1 Radio this December!

Join Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls and Air1 Radio in Mexico City this December 6-11 as we give health, hope, and education to orphans and children in need through the gift of new shoes – just in time for Christmas!

“This boy whose feet I was washing is not only an orphan, but an orphan with disabilities. He has been completely rejected and cast aside by this world and by his own family. Suddenly it hit me that this boy is going to be chosen to be first in the kingdom of heaven, and I realized what an honor it was to sit on my knees before him and serve him by washing his feet. Instead of rushing through it like I may have done before, I started washing every inch of his feet and made sure to clean each little toe.” Amy Kraus, shoe trip volunteer

While in Mexico City, you will spend your time visiting children in orphanages and our Buckner Family Hope Centers. In addition to giving each child a brand new pair of shoes, you will also share the Gospel with children through Bible stories, crafts, worship and more.

Shoes for Orphan Souls shoe delivery trip to Mexico City, Mexico

Saturday, December 6 – Thursday, December 11

Land cost: $1,290 all-inclusive of meals, bottled water, lodging, in-country transportation, insurance, interpreters, etc.

Airfare: Buckner can arrange all airfare if needed. Air travel taxes and fees are determined at the time of ticketing (approximately $600-$900). Trip participants are responsible for any baggage fees that may be charged on the departure day at airline check-in.

Deadlines: November 6 – application and balance due in full

Tentative itinerary:

Saturday, Dec. 6: leave your hometown and travel to Mexico City, Mexico

Sunday, Dec. 7 – Wednesday, Dec. 10: During your time in Mexico you will work with the children at Buckner Family Hope Centers and local orphanages. You will spend these days distributing shoes and conducting ministry activities with children.

Thursday, Dec. 11: Depart Mexico City for your hometown

For more information about this trip, click here or email us at shoes@buckner.org. To learn about other upcoming trips, visit www.buckner.org/volunteer.

Home: ‘A place where people help each other’

By John Hall

PEÑITAS, Texas – Kneeling on one knee, Paola Mendoza slides a new pair of shoes on a young girl’s feet. A squeal erupts from the preschooler as she jumps out of her mother’s lap in celebration of her new footwear.

Mendoza, 16, smiles. It’s hard not to, she admits, when she sees the child’s joy.

“I like coming here because it’s a blessing to see the little kids with their shoes in their hands and backpacks on their backs,” she says. “It’s such a blessing.”

Mendoza is part of a group of local volunteers who distributed about 500 pairs of shoes and backpacks to area children in need Oct. 18. The footwear was donated by a family through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls, and the families have earned the shoes and backpacks by being involved in classes at the Buckner Family Hope Center.

Most of the families earn less than $11,000 annually and have four or five children, says Javier Perez, manager of Buckner Missions and Humanitarian Aid. They often struggle to pay bills and meet basic necessities. New shoes are seen as luxury items for their children.

“There’s all kinds of impact that a simple pair of shoes can have,” he says. “Each of these families has an average of five children. This effort is saving them roughly $200. Additionally, these families see volunteers who have taken time off to help. They see people who care about them. That goes a long way in sharing the love of Christ.”

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Houston children receive new shoes

Shoes for Orphan Souls®, the largest humanitarian aid project of Buckner International, began 15 years ago in an effort to provide warm boots to children in Russian orphanages who often went without good quality shoes of their own. Since then, our scope has expanded and to date we have provided more than 2.75 million pairs of shoes to children in more than 76 countries.

We often tell stories of children who receive new shoes on other continents, but did you know that 30 percent of the shoe donations we receive go to children in need right here in the United States?

Children living at the Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter in Houston, Texas, were thrilled to receive brand new shoes in preparation for the new school year.

One of these domestic shoe distributions took place in Houston at a homeless shelter for women and children. Lisa Modglin, shelter manager at Mission of Yahweh, shared excerpts from the thank you letters the mothers wrote in response to their children’s new shoes.

“These new shoes have given my girls the confidence they need to start this school year on the same level as their peers. … As for me, I am so grateful for these gifts. I often stress about the things I need to do to get us back on our feet, yet the girls aren’t depressed. They are happy. They don’t even fully realize our current homeless situation. I did not have the funds or the ability to provide all of this for my children this year and yet God has made it possible. Thank you for allowing my girls to be happy and carefree like their classmates!” Read the rest of this entry

4th Annual Barefoot Run Raises Funds, Awareness for Shoes for Orphan Souls

The annual Barefoot Run in Dallas this past Saturday was a success. Runners and their families and friends enjoyed the beautiful new venue and perfect weather at Bachman Lake in West Dallas, as well as live music, food trucks, face painting and crafts for the kids.

A total of 205 registered runners participated in the event. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Shoes for Orphan Souls!

Click here to see the 5K race times.

Overall Winners
1st place – Steve Purser
2nd place – Sydney Benes

Male 1-10 winner Owen Trent
Female 1-10 winner Leila Alashoor

Male 11-14 winner Jonathan Cantu
Female 11-14 winner Currie Delsol

Female 15-19 winner Naomi Price

Male 20-29 winner Jon-Howard Hanson
Female 20-29 winner Lauri Ann Hanson

Male 30-39 winner Buck Baskin
Female 30-39 winner Emily Madden

Male 40-49 winner David Francis
Female 40-49 winner Amy Weber

Male 50-59 winner Michael Delmore
Female 50-59 winner Lynda Delsol

Male 60-69 winner Stan Trent
Female 60-69 winner Jana Trent

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Buckner receives 29,244 sandals from Niagara University

Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls received 29,244 sandals Aug. 1 from the Sandal Falls Project at Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y. Buckner will send many of the shoes to the Rio Grande Valley as part of the Buckner initiative to care for migrant children crossing the Texas border.

“The timing of this donation is an answer to prayer for our team and will allow us to serve even more children who are crossing the Texas-Mexico border seeking refuge in the United States,” said Ashley Williamson, Shoes for Orphan Souls manager. “We pray that the sandals will remind these children of the Lord’s love and provision for them in the midst of so much uncertainty.”

Buckner will send many of the sandals to the Rio Grande Valley along with nearly 500 other pairs of shoes collected at the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid in Dallas. This is the first donation of a long-term partnership between Buckner and the Sandal Falls Project. Read the rest of this entry