Tuesday, July 5
Service and Potluck Lunch
We'll finish the comfort pillows for the hospital.
They are already cut out, we will just stuff and sew them.
For our upcoming meeting in July, we will be collecting new or lightly used shoes for the Soles 4 Souls program. They need all types of shoes: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, flipflops, and children's shoes in all sizes. Pairs of shoes should be tied together using laces or rubber bands.
The following is from the Soles 4 Souls website:
Shoes help prevent the spread of parasitic diseases that plague over 1.4 billion people worldwide, and they are a basic human necessity.
The reality of life for many individuals in developing nations is that having a pair of shoes is a rarity. It is not uncommon for children to grow up in these areas without ever having had a pair of shoes at all.
The number of barefoot orphaned children, in Sub-Saharan Africa alone, is estimated to be above 20 million.
Over 300 million children worldwide are without shoes.
Shoes are very often considered a required part of the school uniform in developing countries, and without shoes, many children are unable to attend school.
In addition to infections brought on by external injuries, a child's bare foot is particularly at risk of infection by hookworm. Especially at risk are children living in African and Southeast Asian countries, where hookworm infections are about 60 times more common.