Shoes for Orphan Souls Returns to Northeast Ohio

Monday, April 25th – Friday, May 6th

Mark Zimmerman is excited.

“From 2005-2009, I was a part of some shoe campaigns with Buckner that sent thousands of shoes to needy children in Guatemala, Latvia, and Romania. We made a difference in the lives of thousands of children, and we got families to think about their place in the mission field… maybe for the first time.”

WKJA General Manager Mark Channon is excited.

“During our first two years on the air, we’ve been building relationships with families, with churches, and with our ministry partners in the community. Shoes for Orphans Souls will be a great way to bring us all together to have a big impact.

Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®, is the largest humanitarian aid project of Buckner International of Dallas, Texas. This initiative provides new shoes and socks to orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and throughout the world.

When you donate new shoes through Buckner, they will be received by one of the world’s most vulnerable children. And while Shoes for Orphan Souls serves children all over the world, 20 percent of the shoes donated stay right here in the United States, offering hope to children in urban communities.

Since 1999, Buckner has distributed more than 4 million pairs of new shoes and socks to children in 83 countries.

The process is simple:

  • Purchase a new pair of shoes (sturdy athletic shoes are best)
  • Include a new pair of socks
  • Include a handwritten note from you – or your child – to the child who will receive the shoes
  • Take the shoes to a Heartfelt Radio collection point

“In Guatemala, I was finding that for many of the children – some as old as 7 or 8 – this was the first pair of new shoes they had ever received” Mark Zimmerman said. “As hard as it was to think about that, seeing the joy these kids experienced when I put the shoes on their feet… I’ll never forget those faces.”

The Heartfelt Radio Shoes for Orphan Souls campaign runs from April 25-May 6, 2022!

Be watching our Facebook page, and listening to Mornings with Mark & Gabe, and Afternoons with Lisa Jordan for more details on shoe collection points across our listening area, and tips on shoes and sock styles the kids need most.

Lisa Jordan said, “If every family that listens to Heartfelt Radio donates just one pair of shoes, we will be spreading a lot of joy this spring.”