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Local Rotary part of Shoes for Orphan Souls

A simple pair of children’s shoes may not look powerful, but they can make a big difference in the lives of orphans around the world.


The Bellefontaine Rotary Club is teaming up with Buckner International to collect shoes for children in need. The annual nationwide Shoes for Orphan Souls shoe drive is seeking to collect more than 250,000 pairs of new shoes, socks and shoestrings, with a nationwide campaign.

Since 1999, Buckner has sent more than 2.2 million pairs of new shoes to vulnerable children in 74 countries around the globe, including the United States.

Local organizer and Rotary Club member John Bodin said, “We hope that with the support of area residents, we can help Buckner reach their goal and make this life better for children in need. It is a good feeling to know that you are offering something so tangible in the form of new shoes which will soon be on the feet of a needy child.”

Donated items should be for children and teens and, due to customs regulations, shoes and socks need to be new.

Drop off locations in Bellefontaine include the Hilliker YMCA, Shoe Sensation, Lee’s Shoes and Thompson, Dunlap & Heydinger.

Shoe Sensation and Lee’s Shoes are offering discounts for shoes purchased as part of this effort. 

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