Help us ship shoes to Kenya!

As you probably already know, we have spent the past several months working on a variety of projects for the Fresh Start Academy in Eldoret, Kenya.  (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out the “Project Kenya” posts!)   We were asked to help meet some very basic needs.  So far we have sent toothbrushes and toothpaste and school supplies.  The biggest project we have undertaken has been to fill the request of shoes for the children by Christmas.  Several friends from different walks of my life have taken it upon themselves to help collect shoes for this project.  Additionally, people I have never even met but who have been inspired by the blog have sent shoes.

Today, a friend came to my house with over 100 pairs of shoes that she had collected.  After having shipped the toothbrushes and toothpaste and the school supplies, I have been very fearful of the cost of shipping the shoes.  But, to this point, I have basically taken the “collect the shoes and God will make sure the rest gets taken care of” philosophy.  Now we definitely have the shoes!

My sweet friend Cheryl helped me back up all the shoes today…

Here are all the boxes ready to go…

We know there are a few more shoes on the way, so there will ultimately be one more box to add to the mix.  Now we just have to find a way to ship them all to these sweet children…

We have raised $280 so far to cover shipping.  Unfortunately, after spending several hundred dollars each time to ship the toothbrushes and toothpaste and school supplies, I am pretty much at the end of what I can personally afford to contribute.  Based on measuring and weighing the boxes today, we know it will cost $900-$950 to ship all of the shoes to Kenya.  Do you have a few dollars burning a hole in your pocket that could help get these shoes to these children?  If so, I set up a fundraising site where you can contribute here.   Even if you aren’t in a position to donate, please consider sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, etc. to help spread the word and help us find a way to get these shoes to those who need them most!

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2 Responses to Help us ship shoes to Kenya!

  1. jenn p says:

    Did you get them shipped in time?

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