Your birthday party – or your child’s – could change a life this year!When you join the Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls Birthday Club, you’re making an impact in the lives of children around the world.
It’s easy – just sign up (it’s free!) and ask your friends and family to bring new shoes instead of gifts to your birthday party. We’ll send you a link to download printable invitations you can mail to your friends, decorations, games and more. After your birthday, you’ll mail or deliver your shoes to the Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls warehouse, where they’ll be sorted, packed and shipped to children who need them.
When six-year-old Haven saw a TV segment about a girl who collected 300 shoes for orphans for her birthday, she knew she had to do the same thing.
With the help of her mother, Mary, Haven wrote a letter to give to her friends at school and church, telling them that her birthday wish was for them to bring new shoes to her 7th birthday party instead of gifts. She decided her goal was to collect more than 300 pairs of shoes.
Haven announced her shoe drive to the whole school during a morning assembly, and her school principal invited her to give updates on her progress over the intercom during morning announcements. The administration and teachers were supportive of the drive, and the other students looked forward to hearing how many shoes she had collected each day.
“When people heard about her goal, everybody wanted to contribute,” Mary said. “Even our pest control man – when he came to spray the house he saw the pile of shoes on the floor and asked about it and wanted to help.”
At Haven’s birthday party, she was able to collect almost 320 pairs of shoes. She was excited to meet her goal and says she’d like to go on a mission trip to deliver shoes and visit the children in person one day.