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A Thousand Pairs Of Shoes Delivered

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The first request for a thousand pairs of shoes seemed a daunting task…then within a few weeks of church member participation, James River High School Students, parents of students, Sugar Shack Donuts, ACAC Midlothian, Va., a Shoe Drive, WVA Shoe Artist Mic Wright, Tokie’s Mixes, Cakes By Favienne, Park Sterling Bank,  and Private Donors,  over 1,000 pairs of shoes were collected. A church youth group sorted, tagged, bagged and loaded the truck for the 600 mile round trip.  The shoes were delivered and within the hour, children were receiving shoes.

With the emergency need for more winter shoes, “A Thousand Pairs of Shoes” program has now, a life of it’s own. A Sponsor has generously donated another thousand pairs of new, childrens winter shoes and boots. Distribution will be central to the greatest need.  In addition to the shoe and food program, a documentary is in development to shed more light on the darkness of child trafficking in SW Virginia into Appalachia. Stay tuned for a Go Fund Me plea for funds to support not only a continuous shoe drive, but to help us help the children through their eyes: ” A Thousand Pairs OF Shoes”

There are not enough words of thanks for every ones help with this worthy cause.

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Shoe Drive

Thanks to the many friends, family, Church Congregations, James River High School, A.C.A.C., U-Haul, Sugar Shack Donuts, Chesterfield County residents and Private Sponsors,  shoes will be delivered this week to many children. This past week, many gathered to sort, tag and bag shoes to ready them for transportation. It was an awesome event.

A Poor Busters Project will also facilitate a “January Christmas” for many SW Children. The children are the most traumatized during weekend and holiday breaks. The goal: 400 new toys for children, ages 5 – 12. Needed also are new sports equipment such as basket, soccer and footballs for schools.

Child Trafficking in Appalachia: It’s time to act

Imagine our surprise when we discovered many Appalachian children attend school barefoot because they have no shoes. This is especially worrisome during the cold months, when the kids are in need of warm boots during snowy mountain winters. Many teachers attempt to fill the children’s needs out-of-pocket, but of course this is not sustainable.

Also, due to lack of indoor plumbing in many homes, kids have to use the bathroom outside and the child abduction rate is frighteningly high.

And tragically with poverty and abductions, trafficking inevitably follows. 

Many Americans don’t understand that child trafficking isn’t something that only happens in third-world countries. It’s happening right under our noses, in our own communities and backyards. And as long as we are silent, the problem will continue.

It is time for Virginia communities to step up and help, and it is everyone’s responsibility to become educated about the facts, so we can keep our kids safe.

 

Current Project: “A Thousand Pairs of Shoes”

Welcome to Shoes Against Child Trafficking!

Our first and immediate project is the collection of new winter shoes and winter boots for as many as 1,000 children in Appalachia and Southwest Virginia, hence “A Thousand Pairs of Shoes.” Children’s shoe sizes are already being collected. The need begins at 5 years old with shoe sizes ranging from children’s size 1 to male adult size 12.

Click here to get involved.