Serenading for Shoes

Musicians and students to perform Christmas hits at Grapevine Mills to help orphans worldwide through Buckner International


GRAPEVINE, Texas – Music Starz Studio and Serenata Strings musicians will serenade shoppers with violins, violas and cellos to help provide new shoes for orphans this Christmas at Grapevine Mills Mall.

This is the third year the musicians and students have performed at the mall to raise funds for Shoes for Orphan Souls® – the largest humanitarian aid project of Buckner International – a ministry close to Music Starz Studio owner Karen Lim-Smith’s heart.

Lin-Smith said she and her husband Jay Smith have collected new shoes for children in the past, but wanted to make an even bigger impact to help the more than 143 million orphans in the world today.



“We thought this was a great way to get more people involved and to make a difference during the holidays,” she said.

She added that their ability to share music with holiday shoppers is a result of students and professionals “taking time off to contribute and share their musical talents and efforts for this wonderful and noble cause.”

Musicians will perform throughout the holiday season at Grapevine Mills at the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, Dec. 8: 2- 4:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, Dec. 15: 1 – 4 p.m.

  • Monday – Friday, Dec. 17 – 21: 12 – 3 p.m.

  • Saturday – Sunday, Dec. 22 – 23: 2 – 6 p.m.

  • Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Performance


Seranata Strings has also released a Jazz Christmas CD entitled “Joyful” to benefit Buckner International and its Shoes for Orphan Souls program. To order the CD, please e-mail serenatastrings@yahoo.com or you can find the tracks to “Joyful” on CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon.com or at Penders Music Company in Denton and Dallas.

About Shoes for Orphan Souls:
Shoes for Orphan Souls®, the largest humanitarian aid project of Buckner International, provides new shoes and socks to orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and throughout the world. From conducting shoe drives to humanitarian aid trips, Shoes for Orphan Souls offers hands-on opportunities to individuals, groups and organizations wanting to transform lives. Since 1999, more than 2.3 million pairs of new shoes and socks have been distributed to children in 74 countries.

About Buckner International:
For more than 133 years, Buckner International has been transforming lives through hands-on ministry, serving the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life. Buckner is one of the oldest and most unique faith-based social service organizations of its kind, serving more than 450,000 people each year in the United States and 18 countries worldwide.

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