The Macon County Rotary Club donated its collection of 548 pairs of new shoes for Buckner International’s Shoes for Orphan Souls during the recent Rotary District 6040 “Shoes Caravan” conducted on May 4, 2013.
In partnership with the other 54 Rotary Clubs in Missouri Rotary District 6040, a total of 11,332 pairs of shoes, 1,315 pairs of socks and nearly $16,000 were collected for international orphans in the Dominican Republic. This humanitarian aid was collected during the multi-stop Shoes Caravan, starting in Blue Springs, Missouri on April 27 and ending in Parkville, Missouri on May 4.
Missouri Rotary, including the Macon County Rotary Club, remains the largest single contributing organization to the Shoes for Orphan Souls campaign to date, collecting a total of 233,000 pairs of shoes and $103,000 in cash since the first shoe drive in 2001.
United Parcel Service partnered with Rotary District 6040 to provide transportation for the collection, from the final caravan stop in Parkville, Missouri to the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid in Dallas, Texas.
Scott Collins, a representative of Buckner’s Shoes for Orphan Souls program, said that Buckner is “extremely grateful” for the shoe donation this year, as well as for all of the donations they have received from Rotary District 6040 in the past.
“Rotary’s consistency over 12 years has allowed us to send more shoes to children around the world, and ultimately, opened the door for us to share love and care with more children who otherwise wouldn’t receive it,” he said.
“No other organization has had the willpower and vision to involve so many people to make a difference as Rotary has.”
Since 1999, Shoes for Orphan Souls has delivered more than 2.3 million pairs of shoes and socks to orphan children in 69 countries. Shoes for Orphan Souls is a ministry of Buckner International, a Dallas-based global ministry dedicated to the restoration and healing of orphans and at-risk children, families and senior adults. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace throughout the world.
There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians who are members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly 170 countries.