The faces aglow reflect a job well done by the Como-Pickton High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America officers who satisfied their shoe fetish by collecting more than 100 pairs of tennis shoes and boots, not for themselves, but for the nationwide campaign “Shoes for Orphan Souls.”
“We gathered 114 pairs of new shoes, socks and shoestrings,” said Mallory Horne, the Como-Pickton FCCLA advisor whose class teamed up with Buckner International for the project.
The group began their shoe drive in February with the goal of collecting at least 50 pair, but with the “hope of seeing that number tripled,” according to Horne.
“We met our goal and would like to say thanks to all of those who donated to this wonderful cause,” she emphasized.
On Friday, March 27, the FCCLA officers were able to go to Buckner’s shoe warehouse in Mesquite and volunteer their time to help pack shoes in boxes to be sent all over the world.
“The place inspired us all so much everyone now wants to go on a Buckner shoe trip to deliver the shoes to all the little children,” Horne said with a laugh.
“Shoes for Orphan Souls” is in its 9th year and has distributed approximately 1.5 million pairs of shoes to at-risk children in 55 countries around the globe.
The FCCLA chapter, like Horne herself, is in its first year at Como-Pickton.
“We have 18 members from my family and consumer science classes,” Horne explained. “Our focus this year is to let people know that we’re here. We volunteer to help in the community as much as we can. Anything we can do to pull the community together and get the community involved – that’s what FCCLA is here for.”
written by a guest , June 17, 2011
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