The annual nationwide Shoes for Orphan Souls shoe drive started last month, and since that time DIS students collected 319 pairs of shoes, 1,1138 pairs of socks and over 200 pairs of laces. The donations were made during the three week community service project that ended Tuesday, Dec. 18.
“We have seen the smiles that a new pair of shoes brings to children in the orphanages we visit, and we want to extend that same joy to others like them” said Heather Weathers, Manager of Acquisitions and Shoes for Orphan Souls. “Because of Durham Intermediate’s commitment to this program, we can continue to increase the number of kids who will benefit.”
Weathers emphasized no donation is too small. “Most of the donations to the shoe drive have come from families giving one or two pairs of shoes. Every one pair of shoes makes a big difference to the child who receives them.” Donations from Durham will be combined with others from around the country. Organizers hope to collect more than 250,000 pairs of new shoes and socks, through the nationwide campaign. Since 1999, Buckner has sent more than 2.3 million pairs of new shoes to vulnerable children in 74 countries around the globe, including the United States.