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Buckner Kicks off Houston Community Shoe Drive Benefitting Shoes for Orphan Souls®

HOUSTON— Buckner International invites the Houston community to collect new shoes during the month of August to benefit vulnerable children worldwide.

Individuals can drop off new shoes at select Old Navy stores during the month of August. South Main Baptist Church, located at 4100 Main Street, will also be accepting shoes on Sunday, Sept. 2 from 12 – 4 p.m.

Click here for a complete list of drop-off locations.  Visit www.buckner.org/shoes to register to host a shoe drive as an individual.  Madison Robinson, 14-year-old creator and founder of Houston-based lifestyle brand, FishFlops®, has committed to giving 10,000 pairs of shoes to jump start the drive and encourage others to participate.  Robinson created the FishFlops® brand after spending time at the beach and has already made a splash in the fashion world with her fun footwear for toddlers and kids.

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.

For more information, please contact Molly Cash at 1-866-774-SHOE or e-mail mcash@buckner.org. For more information about Shoes for Orphan Souls, please visit www.buckner.org/shoes.

To see a flyer about the Houston 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.

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