Hi….No fun projects or cute fashion posts today. I just want to share with you about my day because I had the best morning doing some volunteer work for Shoes for the Shoeless. Shoes have long been close to my heart, but today they presented themselves to me in such a different way. Shoes for the Shoeless is a faith-based non-profit organization that provides new gym shoes and socks to children in need. The Hub’s employer is really big on giving back to the community and allows them to donate their time and efforts during the work day if necessary. Once his team has a combined contribution of 500 hours of service to a particular organization his company will then donate $5,000 to the cause. What a cool thing!!!!
The Hubs has been talking about how fun it is to help the kids pick out a new pair of shoes and to see the smiles on their faces when they finally have a pair of shoes that fit properly, so when he told me they were going out again today they allowed me to tag along. Wow is all I can say!! I am blessed to have lived a pretty comfortable life and I have been way too sheltered. Today was very eye opening and it was only a very small group of kids. It is easy to forget just how many people are struggling every day just to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Something like 40% of the children in my county live in poverty which is so hard to believe. I have always thought that I lived in a fairly comfortable area, but I guess I haven’t paid enough attention to those outside my small little corner of the world.
I am hoping to go again before cheerleading and the school year take over my schedule. I might even see if some of the Cheerios want to pitch in as well. Not only is it just the right thing to do, but it also reminds us of our many blessings and just how lucky we are. I will think twice from now on when I am frustrated that I don’t have the right pair of shoes for an outfit……at least I have shoes and way too many to choose from if I am being honest. Even on a bad day….things could be so much worse!
If you would like to get involved with Shoes for the Shoeless I am attaching the link to their website here. You won’t be sorry if you do….I promise!! I almost feel a little guilty, because although those sweet kiddos got new shoes today I feel like I got so much more!!!
Who have you done volunteer work with and what did you do??
Have a Great One All!