WHAT WE’VE DONE

OUR SHOE WHOLESALE OPERATION IN MARIGOT, HAITI

Over the last three years, we collected nearly 10,000 pairs of shoes and shipped 2,000 pairs down to Marigot, Haiti. In February of 2016 we went down and set up our first shoe store through an amazing orphanage. The mission of the shoe store is to help the orphanage become a self-sustaining operation that isn’t reliant on inconsistent donations.

By selling the shoes to those in need, rather then handing them out for free, we minimize two drastic consequences that many people fail to realize. First, we minimize the damage done to the local economy. By handing out 2,000 pairs of shoes, we take away 2,000 potential customers from the local shoe salesmen who are trying to make a living for their family by selling shoes on street corners. Second, we minimize the damage done to the work ethic of people receiving the shoes. When people continually receive free handouts of different items, they are less likely to work to be able to purchase the items they know they will get for free. This lack of work ethic can be seen even in our own country through the welfare program.

We are extremely excited about this opportunity to create sustainable change at local levels in Haiti. We hope that you will continue to pray for this effort and that we will continue to see a powerful impact.

UPDATE (AS OF MAY 16, 2017): We have nearly sold out of shoes in Marigot and are working to deliver the next shipment of 4,000-5,000 pairs in the Fall of 2017! We appreciate all of the prayers and support that you have provided and will continue pushing onwards towards the goal of sustainability.

MARIGOT, HAITI

SHOE DRIVES

SHOE DRIVES

If you are a passionate individual looking to tackle a project that is fun and rewarding, holding your own shoe drive is a great place to start.

Hosting your own shoe drive is not as hard as it sounds. All it takes is a friendly face and a box. We are not asking you to sit on a street corner begging everyone you see to take off their shoes and give them to you, unless you’re into that sort of thing… It is as simple as posting a status on Facebook letting your friends know that you are collecting shoes.

The average American female (not picking on women, just pointing out the truth!) has approximately 20 pairs of shoes sitting in her closet, of which 5 are tossed into the normal rotation. The fact of the matter is that people have shoes, and people have shoes that they never wear. We are an effective organization that thrives on the unworn shoes of people all across the country.

If a shoe drive is something that sounds of interest to you, start collecting! Let us know about your efforts, send us a tweet, message us on Facebook, or send us an e-mail and we will be sure to help out your cause in any way possible. Once you are done collecting, we will set up the logistics of how we will get the shoes from you. We want to make this process as easy as we can on you, and we wish you the best of luck!

We sincerely wish that we could take an unlimited amount of people with us when we go, but common sense says otherwise. If an international service trip is something you are interested, please reach out to us to see if coming with us on this trip is a possibility. If it is not, we would love to have you accompany us on many of our future planned trips.

“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?”

James 2:15-16