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Beaumont Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® drive sets local record

A record number of vulnerable children will have hope and help as a result of the 88.1 KLBT Community Shoe Drive that collected nearly 2,900 pairs of shoes at 66 locations.

The 5th annual shoe drive, which occurred April 10-May 11, set records for the number of shoes collected as well as collection points. Each pair of shoes will go to a vulnerable child through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®, the largest humanitarian aid project of Buckner International. 

“Our vision at 88.1 KLBT is to be a conduit for churches and ministries in Beaumont, assisting them in ministering to our community!” said Jeanette Harvey, KLBT partnerships coordinator. “Partnering with Buckner allows us to do that as well as fulfill the Great Commission with these shoes being distributed in Beaumont and around the world and ultimately it allows us to share the gospel. After five years and running, I think we’re in for the long haul. We look forward to our partnership continuing in the future.”

The outpouring of care for children was a community-wide effort. Local businesses, clubs, organizations and families all pitched in to help with the radio station coordinated effort.

“We are so grateful for our partnership with 88.1 KLBT and all of the local businesses, civic clubs and families who worked so hard to make this drive a success,” said Shawn Spurrier, Shoes for Orphans Souls media partnerships coordinator. “The impact they have made in the Southeast Texas community and throughout the world for families being served by Buckner programs is profound and we could not do what we do without this kind of support.” 

Buckner in Southeast Texas Executive Director Laura May is overwhelmed by the generosity of Beaumont.

“The Southeast Texas community has literarily ‘stepped up’ to help over 2,000 children here and across the world receive new shoes!” May said. “Our Christian family at 88.1 spearheaded this amazing shoe drive, and they walk out the love of Christ every day. I'm so proud to be a part of such a caring community!”

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