DALLAS— Buckner International invites the DFW Community to collect new shoes during the month of August to benefit vulnerable children worldwide.
To kick off the shoe drive, Buckner will host ‘Barefoot in the Park’, a FREE family-friendly concert, from 8 – 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 at Founders Plaza in Downtown Arlington, Texas. The concert will feature Dove-Award Nominated Band MIKESCHAIR, Solo Artist Dara Maclean and Christian Illusionist Jared Hall. The first 500 attendees will receive free sunglasses at the event.
During the month of August, individuals can drop off new shoes at select Old Navy and Payless stores, KCBI Radio in Arlington or the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid, located at 5405 Shoe Drive in Mesquite. To register your shoe drive, please visit www.buckner.org/shoes.
According to The State of the World’s Children as reported by UNICEF, there are 148 million orphans around the world. Orphanages do not receive enough funding to support the children in their care. One of the greatest and most immediate needs is a pair of shoes. Many of the children receive one pair of shoes to last the entire year, and some don’t have shoes at all. Shoes also protect feet from many diseases and help impoverished children go to school, since most schools around the world consider shoes to be an essential item.
Due to customs regulations and the desire for children to receive a new pair of shoes, Buckner only accepts new shoes and socks. The greatest need is for leather or canvas athletic shoes sizes Youth 1 – Adult 7.
To see a flyer about the Dallas Community Shoe Drive, click here.
About Buckner International:
For more than 133 years, Buckner International has been transforming lives through hands-on ministry, serving the most vulnerable from the beginning to the end of life. Buckner is one of the oldest and most unique faith-based social service organizations of its kind, serving more than 450,000 people each year in the United States and 18 countries worldwide.
About Shoes for Orphan Souls®:
Shoes for Orphan Souls®, the largest humanitarian aid project of Buckner International, provides new shoes and socks to orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and throughout the world. From conducting shoe drives to humanitarian aid trips, Shoes for Orphan Souls® offers hands-on opportunities to individuals, groups and organizations wanting to transform lives. Since 1999, more than 2.3 million pairs of new shoes and socks have been distributed to children in 74 countries.