Sharing the gift of new shoes is a moment of pure joy
LIFE’s Christmas Shoe Project began in 2008, and since the first pair of shoes was delivered to a child in need, nearly 2 million pairs have been delivered!
Sharing the gift of new shoes with a child who has never had a new pair – or has maybe never even worn shoes – is a moment of pure joy. Some of the children who will receive shoes this year live near garbage dumps, where they scavenge for food and items to sell. They walk over trash and broken glass, risking cuts, infection and disease. Others must navigate dangerous terrain in their search for water sources or cross hot, burning sands in desert regions – all without the protection of shoes.
For poverty stricken children in underdeveloped nations, a small cut on the bottom of a foot can be devastating as it creates a gateway for infection or disease to enter their small bodies. Some are crippled for life because of injuries to their feet as children. That’s why shoes are so important!