Rotary Clubs collect 20,000 new shoes for orphans

May 21, 2014 

Kansas City area Rotarians brought shoes to load on the "shoes caravan" truck May 8. From left: Rick Simon, District 6040 Governor; Dan Hall, Past District Governor, Carl Froeschle, President of Sunrise Rotary Club of Lee's Summit, Kaemyn Stidham and Keith Stidham, Rotary Club of Downtown Lee's Summit, and Cassy Venters, Rotary District Governor Elect. The trailer is completely packed, to the roof, with new shoes and socks to be distributed to orphans.

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The three Lee’s Summit Rotary Clubs donated their collection of 1,258 pairs of new shoes and 4,150 pairs of new socks to Buckner International “Shoes for Orphan Souls.”

The recent Rotary District 6040 “Shoes Caravan” conducted May 8-10 throughout Kansas City and north Missouri and in partnership with the other 56 clubs in Missouri Rotary District 6040, more than 20,000 pairs of shoes and 6,000 pairs of socks and $3,575 (for transportation costs) were collected for vulnerable children and orphans around the world. This humanitarian aid was collected during the multiple-stop Shoes Caravan, starting in Higginsville on May 8 and ending in Macon on May 10.

Northern Missouri Rotary, including the three Lee’s Summit Rotary Clubs, remains the largest single contributing organization to the ministry’s campaign to date, collecting a total of 253,000 pairs of shoes, 20,626 pairs of socks, and $107,000 in cash since 2001.

“The people of Lee’s Summit really opened their hearts to help children in need,” said Dan Hall, Past Rotary District 6040 Governor, “As Rotarians, we want to provide service to our local community and to people in need around the world. Donating shoes is so simple, but it makes such a big impact in the lives of needy children.”

Hall said other companies, non-profit organizations, schools, and churches are encouraged to join with Rotary for the 2015 shoe drive.

United Parcel Service partnered with Rotary District 6040 to provide complementary transportation for the truck caravan... Burlington Northern Railway provided free transportation from Kansas City to the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid in Dallas.

Scott Collins, a representative of Buckner’s Shoes for Orphan Souls program, said Buckner is “extremely grateful” for the shoe donation.

“Rotary’s consistency over 14 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,” Collins said. “No other organization has had the willpower and vision to involve so many people to make a difference as Rotary has.”

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