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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the shoe drive?

The shoe drive is whenever you want to have it! People conduct shoe drives all year long. The average shoe drive lasts for one month.

What kind of donations are we looking for?

Due to customs regulations and our desire for children to receive a new pair of shoes, we ONLY accept new shoes, socks and shoelaces. The greatest need is for leather or canvas athletic shoes.

We serve children up to age 18, and the most urgent need is for shoes in size Youth 1- Adult 9.

Can we enclose anything in the shoes?

We encourage those who are giving the shoes to place a family picture and a note to the child inside each pair of shoes they donated.

What about financial contributions?

A financial contribution to the program is welcome. It will provide for the purchase and shipment of shoes to children we serve in the United States and around the world. Click here to donate.

How and where are the shoes delivered?

Most of the shoes are delivered (via shipping containers) through Buckner staff working overseas. We also partner with more than 100 humanitarian relief organizations to deliver shoes to orphanages and children in need throughout the world. We have sent shoes to 76 countries, including the United States.

Since 1999, shoes have been delivered to:

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Argentina
Armenia
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Chile
China
Croatia
Colombia
Congo
Costa Rica
Cuba
Djibouti
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Ethiopia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
India
Indonesia
Iraq
Israel
Jamaica
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Lithuania
Malawi
Mexico
Moldova
Mongolia
Mozambique
Namibia
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Sierra Leone
South Africa
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Tajikistan
Uganda
Ukraine
United States of America
Venezuela
Vietnam
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Where are shoe drive drop-off locations?

We do many drives involving the listening areas of radio stations and community-wide drives organized by a church or civic organization. If you are coordinating your drive with your local radio station or a community-wide drive, we will post all drop-off locations during the drive on our website.

The only permanent location for dropping off shoes is the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid, located at 5405 Shoe Drive in Mesquite, Texas. Click here for directions.

What are the Shoes for Orphan Souls mission trips?

Every year, volunteers travel to many countries where Buckner serves orphans to put the shoes on the feet of the children. Volunteers experience the “soul” of this project by ministering to the children in a personal way. We are always looking for individuals to deliver the shoes to the children. Click here to find out more information about our shoe delivery trips.

What promotional materials are available?

We have everything you need to make your drive successful. Once you’ve signed up to host a shoe drive, a packet of materials will be mailed to you.

Please contact us if you need more of any of the following items:
• Shoes for Orphan Souls DVD
• Brochures
• 11x17 Posters
• Sample press release (download here).

SHOES FOR ORPHAN SOULS® is the largest humanitarian aid project of Buckner International, a global Christian ministry dedicated to making life better for orphans, vulnerable children and families since 1879. © Shoes for Orphan Souls, All rights reserved.About Us
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