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Beaumont marathon shoe drive helps vulnerable children locally

Marathons require months and months of preparation and incredible amount of work to arrive at the prize.
That’s definitely true for the multitudes of businesses and volunteers led by KLBT Christian radio who participated in the recent Beaumont Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® shoe drive capped by a marathon collection day with an eye toward helping vulnerable children in Southeast Texas.
Throughout the collection day, groups, businesses, families, children and individuals continually dropped off new footwear. The shoes were distributed near the end of summer to help students go back to school without stressing their parents’ budgets.
“We were thrilled to receive 3,106 pairs of new shoes and 1,533 pairs of new socks,” said Laura May, executive director of Buckner Children and Family Services in Southeast Texas. “It was especially exciting to see participation from 40 local businesses, churches, organizations and individuals who participated in the collection.  A gift of shoes and socks will meet a physical need as well as provide hope for children served by Buckner locally and around the world.”
The outpouring of shoes reflects the heart of Southeast Texas. Residents care about the young people in their community and want to see them succeed.
“It was incredible to see the community come together like this,” said Shawn Spurrier, assistant director for Shoes for Orphan Souls. “The giving spirit of the community shown through the donating of shoes to the number of volunteers who came together to make the final day a success is something we are so grateful for. This community has made a tremendous impact.”

Want to provide hope for a vulnerable child? Host a shoe drive through Shoes for Orphan Souls. Click here to find out how.

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