Tennessee’s nickname is the “Volunteer State” and that is what people do here, they volunteer their time, money, resources and love. Whether the next door neighbor’s barn was destroyed by fire or a child is suffering through cancer, people line up to help, to volunteer.
If you have been in Cleveland, Tennessee recently you have probably seen the signs, “Shoes For Orphan Souls” DROP HERE. This is the tenth year this program has been running and helping to get shoes to kids that so desperately need them.
You buy shoes all year long for your kids. Not all kids are that lucky. The program “Shoes For Orphan Souls” will provide shoes and socks to orphans in 70 countries by Christmas time. Since the start of the program 10 years ago, over 2 million pairs of shoes have been donated and shipped. On the downside of that, there are approximately 145 million orphans world-wide and that number goes up daily as you can imagine.
A local Cleveland, Tennessee resident, Keith Gombash, was in Kenya recently and said the kids who did have shoes were wearing ones that were too big or small, the soles worn down to nothing, they didn’t match, no shoe laces and basically not doing much good for those little feet. He noted that in the orphanages in under-developed countries 3 to 6 kids share a bed. They very seldom have meat as part of their diet, but they do have rice and beans daily. Gombash’s organization, Catch Ministries, is working closely with “Shoes For Orphan Souls” in the Cleveland, Tennessee area to get new shoes and socks for orphans all over the world.
The “Shoes For Orphan Souls” program provides more than a pair of shoes. The kids may also receive a note within their shoes from someone in the United States. Volunteers help the kids put on their new socks and shoes. The kids know and understand that someone thought of them, someone cares.
Take a look at your kids; do they have new school shoes, new dress shoes and new socks? I bet they do. Now picture kids in under-developed countries running around in bare feet on a daily basis. Don’t they deserve some new shoes and socks? Yes they do, and you can help. You don’t have to buy $100 sneakers; any new pair of shoes can be donated. Pick up a pair of shoes today, or a package of socks, and drop them off at one of the 20 drop off locations in Cleveland. Drop off locations in include: The Cleveland Daily Banner office on 25th Street, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union and the “Y”. Click here for a list of drop off locations.
This year’s campaign to date has received 136 pairs of shoes and 322 pairs of socks. Let’s keep that number growing. What will cost you a few dollars and a few minutes in time will bring smiles of joy and tears of happiness to kids who desperately need the help. Drop shoes and socks off today and be part of “Shoes For Orphan Souls”, thank you.
This isn’t just something happening in Cleveland, Tennessee. You can help “Shoes For Orphan Souls” no matter where you live. Click here to learn more about this program and how you can make the life of a child happier. All you have to do is look into your heart and donate a pair of soles.