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Dallas Junior League Volunteers at Buckner Warehouse

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By Analiz G. Schremmer

DALLAS, Texas — Thirty-seven new members of the Junior League of Dallas participated in a provisional project with Buckner International and Shoes for Orphan Souls.

The women spent time making crafts with 29 children from two of Buckner’s after-school programs in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. They also worked with the children to sort shoes for orphans and needy children around the world.

After their service, the women from the Junior League helped each child find a pair of shoes to take home.

“We spent the first Saturday sorting shoes, food and clothing as part of a 20-hour project for new members,” said Tiffany Hartgraves, Junior League member who coordinated the event.

“The second Saturday we were able to work directly with the kids to help them find their perfect pair of shoes. It was a wonderful way to bring the project all together.”

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The Junior League of Dallas has been involved in the community since 1922, giving more than 120,000 hours of uncompensated time and more than a million dollars annually to help local non-profits.

Mandy Main, one of the Junior League volunteers, said she decided to participate in this project because she wanted to work with children.

“It’s amazing to see how many shoes go out of this warehouse! We packaged up 6,500 shoes last alone last Saturday,” she said.

The children did a step routine for the Junior League and taught them part of it. They hugged for pictures, laughed together and made new friends.

“It is great for the children to volunteer and to help those who are less fortunate than them instead of always being the recipients of help,” said Cheryl Williams, director of apartment ministries in the Wynnewood Community Services Center.

“It is empowering for them. And I know that their time with the Junior League ladies shows them that one day, they can grow up to be committed volunteers and make a difference in the world around them, too.”

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