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5 ways to create Christmas family memories
The Christmas season is such a magical time, but even more so if you have little ones to celebrate the holiday with. Soon, children will be on...

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On Giving Tuesday celebrate 140 years of transforming lives
“This is 2019 and I think what the world needs now is hope,” explained Dr. Albert Reyes, President and CEO of Buckner International, during an...

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Advent starts today
Today is the start of Advent. The Christmas season is a time of awaiting and anticipation for Christ's birth. That is why we celebrate Advent – we...

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We're thankful for you!
Thanksgiving Day – it’s a day full of family, fun and food. But even more so, it’s a time of reflection and remembrance. It’s a time to be...

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The 2019 Buckner Advent Guide is here!
The greatest gift we can give our family is our legacy – who we are. And what better time to pass on traditions and be together as a family than...

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MLB community relations and foundation teams pack shoes to give to vulnerable children
Yesterday, representatives from every major league baseball community relations and foundation teams gathered at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy...

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Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® presents special 4 millionth pair of shoes collected to 7-year-old in Dallas
Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® celebrated a significant milestone yesterday as they presented the 4 millionth pair of shoes collected to a...

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Buckner president Albert Reyes releases his second book 'Hope Now'
Today marks the official release of “Hope Now: Peace, Healing, and Justice When the Kingdom Comes Near” by Buckner International president and...

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Buckner and "Mattress Mack" celebrated at pre-game ceremonies at the Houston Astros game
Last week, Buckner and Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale were celebrated at the Houston Astros pre-game ceremony for their collaboration with the...

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Mattress Mack says be Houston strong for children
Editors note: The following opinion article ran in the Houston Chronicle newspaper. ...

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Missouri rotarians: 320,000 pairs of shoes and counting
Throughout the years, Buckner Shoe for Orphan Souls® has partnered with many people to provide shoes for vulnerable children around the world, but...

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Christian radio: Carrying hope through the airwaves
Radio is where Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® all started, and it’s a partnership that continues to grow each year. Shoes for Orphan Souls began...

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Rangers Nomar Mazara hosts shoe drive for children in his hometown of Dominican Republic
Hope was shining last weekend as Texas Rangers player Nomar Mazara partnered with Buckner to collect shoes for vulnerable children. ...

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Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®: The first step in transforming a child's life
Many of us take our footwear for granted. But for vulnerable children in the United States and around the world, the gift of a pair of shoes is the...

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The little shoe drive that changed the world
The world was so much bigger in 1994. For those born in this millennium, it's almost impossible to overstate just how true that is. ...

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Buckner sends 800 kids in the Rio Grande Valley back to school with new backpacks, school supplies, shoes
Buckner Rio Grande Valley helped 800 local children prepare to go back to school with new backpacks, school supplies and shoes. The families are...

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Gallery Furniture, Astros Foundation and Buckner International team up on August shoe drive
Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale held a news conference today to discuss Gallery Furniture’s collaboration with Buckner International and the...

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250 Mattresses Arrive at Buckner Humanitarian Aid Center
This past weekend, 250 mattresses arrived at the Buckner Humanitarian Aid Center in Mesquite, Texas thanks to a donation from The Bed Boss, a popular...

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Hey Metroplex! Join Texas Rangers Nomar Mazara to collect shoes Aug. 17
Texas Rangers player Nomar Mazara is hosting a one-day shoe drive with Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®. The Dominican Republic-born player is...

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It’s summer! Let’s make it count for our children
Let the celebration commence! The last school bell of the year has rung and children have bolted out the doors for the freedom of a sweet summer....

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Pine Tree high school baseball coach goes barefoot to highlight need for footwear for children
When Trevor Petersen urged his team to take the field Friday night, he did it a little more carefully than normal. ...

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Dallas volunteer sends hope to children around the world
At Buckner International our volunteers mean hope to the vulnerable children and families they serve. ...

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Four ways to share the Easter story with your children
At Easter, we celebrate how Christ died and was resurrected from the grave to save us, his children, from death as sinners. As adults, we understand...

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Buckner International celebrates 140 years of ministry
Today, Buckner International celebrated 140 years of serving children, strengthening families and inspiring happiness in the lives of seniors. We...

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Faith Focus: Small steps of faith
Friday was National Shoe Day, and after distributing more than 3 million shoes over 20 years, we at Buckner know a thing or two about footwear. ...

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Why shoes are the first step out of poverty
Today is National Shoe the World Day, a day helping to change the fact that in the realm of humanitarian aid, shoes are often an overlooked...

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Faith Focus: The secret to time travel
The young girl is 5, maybe 6, years old. Her entire life is ahead of her. ...

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Faith Focus: Will you go today?
Undoubtedly all of us are familiar with the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20: “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and...

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It's the new year: Let's make it count!
The start of a new year is the perfect time to evaluate your life and decide what goals you want to achieve. And we all have goals, even if you...

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The freedom to dance
Meet Ailyn, a 9-year-old girl with many artistic talents including dancing. ...

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Buckner President: Strengthening families in Central America may reduce future migrant caravans
In an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News, Buckner President and CEO Albert Reyes highlights the reasons migrants are fleeing Central America and how...

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From Tennessee to Mexico: 87-year-old travels with Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® to distribute shoes
Juanita Hall lives on a farm in Ooltewah, Tennessee. Every day, she wakes up at 5:30 a.m., makes her coffee and sits on a comfy chair and reads her...

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Faith Focus: Superheroes in the making
We don’t think about superheroes long before thinking about their alter egos. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. Superman is Clark...

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An email fuels the fire for church to serve vulnerable children
What started as a simple reply to an email has blossomed into a flourishing relationship between Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Plano, Texas,...

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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. ...

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Friday photo: Buckner collects more than 2,000 shoes during annual DFW shoe drive
Throughout the month of August, Buckner and KCBI collected more than 2,000 shoes at participating LifeWay stores for the annual DFW Shoe Drive. The...

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Moody Radio in Chattanooga collects more than 18,000 pairs of shoes
The back door to the diesel truck slams shut. Inside, more than 18,000 pairs of shoes and 18,000 pairs of socks are boxed and ready to be shipped to...

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1,300 Angelina County students have new shoes today because of you
Thanks to your generosity, more than 1,300 vulnerable Angelina County students are walking proudly through the halls of their respective schools in...

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Houston church packs 7,000 shoes in 90 minutes
South Main Baptist Church in Houston wrapped up its annual Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® drive on Sunday, the culmination of the largest church...

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Use your skills to make a difference in a child's life
The truth is, not everyone is called to be a foster parent, but we’re all called to help. Here’s some of the top ways you can help vulnerable...

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City Credit Union lives up to its name by serving through Buckner
City Credit Union is living up to its name by investing in its own community through Buckner International. ...

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Celebrate freedom!
Today is Independence Day, the day we celebrate freedom in this nation. How are you celebrating? ...

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How we can head off the next child-separation tragedy before it unfolds
In this The Dallas Morning News contributing article, Buckner President and CEO Dr. Albert Reyes shares insight on the adverse effects of separating...

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Statement about separated immigrant children and families at the border
Buckner has received numerous inquiries from supporters, volunteers, churches, sister organizations, media outlets, and strategic alliance partners...

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3 conversations parents can have with their children this July Fourth
Growing up in a military town, July Fourth was always one of my favorite holidays. My family would pack in the car and head to a nearby air force...

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Westminster Place residents donate 120 pairs of shoes for School Supply Train in Longview
We’re so grateful for the generosity of the residents at Buckner Westminster Place in Longview. They collected 120 pairs of shoes for distribution...

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Friday photo: Happy Easter
"But God demonstrates his own love toward us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." – Romans 5:8 ...

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Friday photo: Young volunteers pray for vulnerable children
This week, Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® received some special help from some young volunteers. Third graders from Ovilla Christian School spent...

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5 ways to get the most out of volunteering
It’s the beginning of the new year and you’ve decided to start volunteering. You want to give back to your community and at the same time learn...

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Looking for a fresh start in 2018? Start by volunteering!
For many of us, the turning of the calendar is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf. If you’re looking for a way to jump-start your year,...

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Faith Focus: Treasure in my heart
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. –Luke 2:19 ...

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Make this Christmas one to remember
Christmas always seems like a magical time of year. This year, you can help vulnerable families and children experience the magic of the season and...

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Friday photo: Roma Boots provides 1,500 pairs of rain boots for Hurricane Harvey victims
This week, Roma Boots provided Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® with over 1,500 pairs of rain boots for Hurricane Harvey flood victims. We are so...

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Thank you for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey devestated Houston and Southeast Texas, but through your prayers, generous support and encouragement, we were reminded that Buckner...

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Faith Focus: Meet Aleida. Pray for her and her family.
In one day last week, the Buckner Family Hope Center at Houston/Aldine distributed food, water, cleaning supplies, hygiene items and clothes to...

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Shoes from South Main Baptist shoe drive being delivered to flood victims
The 10,000 shoes collected by South Main Baptist Church in Houston as part of their annual Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® shoe drive are being...

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Buckner assessing, picking up in Hurricane Harvey aftermath
Buckner International President Albert Reyes said the organization is continuing to assess the short- and long-term impact in the aftermath of...

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Buckner begins serving in Houston following Hurricane Harvey
Volunteers serving through Buckner International today are cleaning out homes of families affected by Hurricane Harvey. ...

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Friday photo: Preparing 10,000 shoes for flood victims
Volunteers were at South Main Baptist Church in Houston yesterday preparing more than 10,000 shoes for distribution to those in Houston affected by...

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North Texans continue to donate to Harvey relief efforts
North Texans continue to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey by donating items they lost in the storm. ...

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Buckner International, South Main Baptist Church donate 10,000 new pairs of shoes to flood victims
South Main Baptist Church and Buckner International are donating more than 10,000 new pairs of shoes to Houston flood victims. The shoes were...

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Buckner, KCBI donate 1,500 shoes from DFW shoe drive to hurricane victims
Buckner International and Dallas-based radio station KCBI are donating more than 1,500 shoes collected in August through the DFW Shoe Drive to...

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Most ministries and clients safe; collection drive started
With Hurricane Harvey downgraded to a tropical storm, Buckner International and its ministries to children, families and senior adults continue to be...

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Hurricane Harvey: How you can help victims
Buckner International President and CEO Albert Reyes announced that Buckner has initiated relief efforts to help storm victims both in Southeast Texas...

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Breaking: Buckner ministries, staff affected by flooding; leaders assessing response
Sunday, 8/27/17 @ 4 p.m. ...

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Please pray for our ministries preparing for Hurricane Harvey
Buckner International President and CEO Albert Reyes announced Friday morning the statewide ministry is preparing for Hurricane Harvey’s expected...

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One in a million
Last year, Buckner gift officer Rhandi Bobo volunteered three times at the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid in Dallas to sort, prepare and pack...

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Friday photo: Hope in Peru
I met Dania at the Buckner Family Hope Center in Villa Hermosa, Peru, while on a shoe distribution trip with Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® last...

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Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® Birthday Club: It's a piece of cake
It comes around every year – your birthday. Are you having trouble choosing a party theme? Are you running out of ideas for your birthday wish list?...

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Friday photo: Shoes for Orphan Souls® mission trip is life changing
Last month, 13 people from across the U.S. traveled to the Dominican Republic for a Shoes for Orphan Souls® mission trip, distributing shoes and...

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Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®: An easy way for churches to change lives
It didn’t take long to convince me that the gift of a pair of shoes through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® is the first step in a child’s, and...

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New shoes matter
“We give much needed shoes and we give them to children,” explains Rachel Wallis, director of Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. ...

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Friday photo: Volunteering at Shoes for Orphan Souls®
Dwayne Weeks has been an active volunteer with Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® for a year. ...

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Four fun facts about Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®
Did you know that since our start in 1999, Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® has placed more than three million pairs of shoes on vulnerable...

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Why are shoe drives so important?
Hosting a shoe drive is a fun, meaningful way to serve those in need. Individual personalities shine through as donors make sure the shoes are special...

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Celebrate National Flip-Flop Day and help a child get a new pair of shoes
It's hard to believe summer is already here! While you're making your plans for fun in the sun, be sure to mark your calendars for June 16. Our...

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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...

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Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® thanks you!
Have you ever donated a pair of shoes to Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®? Because of your help, more than three million pairs of new shoes have...

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3 reasons why a Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® shoe drive is perfect for your Rotary Club
Since 1999, one of the ways Buckner International has served children throughout the world is by providing the gift of shoes. In fact, Buckner Shoes...

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5 tips for a successful shoe drive
After signing up to host a shoe drive through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®, we always receive one question back: How do I make this shoe drive...

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Welcome to shoe week
The last week in April is always an exciting time here at Buckner – it’s shoe week! From Ohio to Texas, teams are gathering shoes to bring back to...

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Thank you for helping Guatemalan children go to school
In the whirlwind of humanitarian aid, it usually feels like we’re moving from one crisis to another. Sometimes the need seems so dire, and we race...

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Friday photo: City Credit Union hosts shoe drive
In honor of their 75th anniversary, City Credit Union is giving back to the Dallas-Fort Worth community. Throughout the month of March, City Credit...

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Give shoes. Send a child to school.
Research has shown time and again that education changes lives. It’s one of the keys for families trying to pull themselves out of poverty. School...

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Help Guatemalan children go to school
Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® urgently needs shoes for older Guatemalan children otherwise they will not be able to go to school. ...

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Volunteers change lives through Buckner International
Volunteers have always been at the heart of Buckner International’s efforts to protect children, strengthen families and serve seniors, and you...

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‘The shoe boy’ fulfills mission to help vulnerable children through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®
When Jonathan Miller was 10 years old, he became extremely concerned about the plight of widows and orphans worldwide, so he went to his church bishop...

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Faith Focus: What's your story?
Last week, representatives from Subway stores across East Texas presented a check for more than $8,000 to Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® to shine...

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Friday photo: East Texas Subway presents check to Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls
In the month of August, locally-owned SUBWAY® restaurants in the Tyler, Longview, Nacogdoches and Lufkin, Texas, area partnered with Buckner Shoes...

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Make 2017 count: How you can help vulnerable children and families this year
Everyone wants his or her life to matter. We want our actions to impact others positively and leave a lasting legacy. The start of a new year is the...

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Frisco woman makes decade-long impact on children through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®
Lisa Schaefer isn’t much of a shopper. It just doesn’t excite her. Unless it helps vulnerable children through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. ...

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Consumer Team talks with Buckner President Dr. Albert Reyes
Consumer Team host Pete Thomson from 1080 KRLD interviewed Buckner International President Dr. Albert Reyes on Saturday, Oct. 22. The interview...

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A shoe drive legacy
The way Henry Hill lived life set him apart. He lived with purpose. He was passionate about caring for others, particularly vulnerable children and...

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Friday photo: Participants of all ages join #RUNforSHOES
Participants of all ages have laced up their shoes and #RUNforSHOES this week to help provide new, black school shoes children in the Dominican...

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How to be a voice for the vulnerable in your church: What we can learn from the CIA
In the 1990s, CIA Analyst Carmen Medina saw a gap in the information flow from the field to American intelligence agencies. Put simply, the flow was...

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Faith Focus: Obedience happens one step at a time
Hector Flores has one wish for his children: “I want them to study so they can become someone. Not like me.” ...

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Where can a pair of shoes take you?
Footwear donated through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® opens the door to a world of opportunity for vulnerable children and families through the...

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What if you could help a child in need get to school?
#RUNforSHOES starts this Friday, and we need your help to reach our goal of providing the black shoes children in two elementary schools in Santo...

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Non-Conformists: Changing the world one family at a time
Nearly five years after his death, Steve Jobs is largely still considered by many to be the greatest visionary and innovator of his generation. He...

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Run for shoes. Run for education.
Karen is a bright 14-year-old who lives in the Eduardo Brito community in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Many of the families who live in this...

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Why I volunteer
I met Trevor* and Jacob* this spring. They were the first to arrive at a Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® shoe distribution. The event took place at...

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Buckner delivers aid to those affected by floods in Louisiana
Texas communities have rallied together with Buckner International to help those affected by the record-breaking rains that caused heavy flooding...

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Friday photo: Supporting Louisiana flood victims
Allen High School students raised money to help replace lost athletic equipment at Runnels High School in Baton Rouge, La., during the recent...

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DFW gives shoes, shines hope into local community
What can bring a veterinarian’s office, water parks, churches and dental offices together for the same great cause? New shoes – and a message of...

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WAY-FM provides hope for children on Guatemala mission trip
EDITOR'S NOTE: In June, a team of volunteers traveled to Guatemala with Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® and WAY-FM, a Christian radio station based...

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VIDEO: How Natasha found hope
Natasha Potts remembers clearly how a simple pair of black boots brought so much hope into her life at 12 years old. She lived in a Russian orphanage...

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Friday photo: Windcatchers and new shoes
Children at the Buckner Family Hope Center in Jocotenango, Guatemala, received new shoes this week from a missions group delivering shoes. The team...

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‘To God be the glory’
After going on a mission trip to Peru last summer and Guatemala the year before that, I felt God say it was time to journey to the Dominican Republic...

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Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® and WFAA bring DFW shoe drive back home
This summer, Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls and ABC affiliate WFAA-TV are bringing churches, businesses and organizations together throughout the...

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12 ways to get ready for your short-term mission trip
Today we're sharing some helpful tips to get you ready for your short-term international mission trip! Mission trips are such a wonderful opportunity...

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Mom: ‘I couldn’t stop smiling’ after seeing my kids wearing new shoes
Santa has been working as a janitor for four years, earning about $150 a month to support her family. Her ex-husband occasionally gives her $5, but...

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Faith Focus: Generosity begets generosity
As Uyless Bland walked out to the mound at Globe Life Park in Arlington for Buckner Day at the Rangers, he had an entire city behind him. ...

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Texas teen collects shoes for Eagle Scout project, throws first pitch at Rangers game
As Uyless Bland walked out to the mound at Globe Life Park in Arlington for Buckner Day at the Rangers, he had an entire city behind him. ...

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Friday photo: First pitch
Uyless Brand, a high school senior and Eagle Scout from Goliad, Texas, threw out the first pitch Sunday for Buckner Day at the Texas Rangers. Uyless...

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Missouri Rotary collects, donates 17,377 pairs of new shoes for vulnerable children
DALLAS—A truck load of 17,377 pairs of new shoes, collected and donated by Missouri Rotary District 6040 arrived at the Buckner International...

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Giving hope and shoes in Dallas
Buckner staff and volunteers distributed 250 pairs of shoes to children in need at David G. Burnet Elementary School in the Bachman Lake community...

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The power of a hug
Janet Biggar recently went on her first Buckner mission trip. She and the team shined hope into the lives of vulnerable children in Peru by...

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Friday photo: Washing the disciples feet
"So when Jesus had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, he took his place at the table again and said to them, 'Do you understand...

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3 ways shoes bring hope
For the past 16 years, we've been giving shoes to children around the world and in the United States. Most of us don't think twice about the shoes we...

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Friday photo: Shoes and smiles
Children in Chiapas, Mexico, were all smiles this summer after receiving a brand new pair of shoes through a local Shoes for Orphan Souls...

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8 ways to get involved with Buckner in 2016
1. Host a shoe drive. ...

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Friday photo: Univision collects shoes for Buckner
Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls partnered with Univision Dallas in December to collect shoes. The shoe drive began with a volunteer day at the...

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From the mission field: Pity or compassion?
A tiny girl, barefooted, dirty and alone, silhouetted among mountains of sparkling broken glass, recycled plastic and other trash, caught my eye. ...

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IN THE MEDIA: Riverside to take shoes in lieu of payment at basketball game
We love seeing innovative ways people collect shoes for Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. Last week, instead of charging a ticket fee, a high school in...

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Friday photo: 83 and counting
Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls recently added another country to the list where shoes have been distributed -- Djibouti! That makes 83. We're so...

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Friday photo: Shoe delivery to Peruvians who don't have any
Several months ago, two Buckner Peru staff delivered shoes deep into the jungle to a village called Autiki, which is an Ashaninka Native Community....

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Buckner delivers shoes to barefoot Peruvian village
For many of us, a pair of shoes may be nothing more than a good-looking shoe, but shoes are precious for many of the children we serve in Peru. Never...

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Adopted sisters stay connected to birth country
Stephanie Merchant, known by many loyal followers as The Nutrition Mom, is passionate about a lot of things: healthy living, nutrition and work-life...

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Friday photo: #RunforShoes
Last week, people all over the country participated in #RunforShoes, a virtual run to benefit Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls and to raise awareness...

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BREAKING: Shoes reach Iraqis under siege
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following account came straight from a humanitarian aid worker in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, who distributed shoes on Sept....

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Friday Photo: Kurdistan shoe delivery
Through a partner organization, Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® was able to serve Yazidi refugee children in Iraq who have fled their homes because...

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Friday photo: Lima, Peru
A member of Reunion Church in Dallas ministers to a child in a Peruvian orphanage on a Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls shoe delivery trip. The church...

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Friday photo: Dominican Republic
Eduardo Brito Family Hope Center in the Dominican Republic. ...

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