Religion and Spirituality

October 19, 2016

Residents and staff at Parkway Place, a Buckner Retirement Services community, are preparing to participate in their annual "Shoes for Orphan Souls" shoe drive. Every year, this event brings awareness to vulnerable populations around the world, raising money and sending new shoes to children in need. Buckner International has donated over three million pairs of shoes to this cause since its inception. The senior living community invites friends, neighbors and anyone in the Houston area to donate money or new, children's-sized shoes to the organization. Donations will benefit orphans around the world by providing them with new shoes, which will improve their daily lives. In many countries, children are required to wear shoes in order to attend school. These shoes allow the children to receive an education, and the additional foot protection decreases their chance of contracting a disease. Parkway Place will be collecting donations from Monday, October 17 to Friday, October 28, and anyone can drop off shoes or money at the senior living community, located at 1321 Park Bayou Drive. Members of the public are encouraged to support this cause, celebrate giving back and share the unforgettable feeling of changing the lives of others through this charitable cause.

"In previous years we have done shoe drives to collect new shoes for orphans across the world, and along with other donation efforts, we have collected hundreds of pairs of shoes thanks to the generosity of our staff, residents and the public," said Sunny Chatagnier, executive director of Parkway Place. "We are thrilled to participate in this cause to benefit children all over the world who wouldn't have shoes without this effort. Many of the residents lead inspiring, purpose-filled lives and participate in local and international mission work, volunteering and foster care. A person's desire to give back doesn't stop at any age, and impacting even one life through this event will mean so much to us."


Many Parkway Place senior residents are volunteering to lead the charge by getting the word out to their friends and neighbors. They are also donating their time at a booth inside Parkway Place dedicated to taking the donations for the cause. Parkway Place is also arranging shopping outings for residents who are not able to drive to purchase shoes to donate, if they wish.


"When I first heard about the Shoes for Orphan Souls efforts, I had no idea there was such a need for children to have shoes of their own all over the world even right here in America," said Parkway Place resident Jane Wulf. "That's something most of us don't think about, but these shoes provide so much to children in need. The cause is something I personally support because, as we know, children's feet grow fast and the continual donation of shoes allows them to lead healthier lives. I'm very happy to contribute and I consider this a worthwhile cause to support."


"We invite our friends and neighbors in the community to join us in donating to this cause," said Chatagnier. "We're continually looking for ways to extend our ministry beyond the walls of our community and across the world. This is just one small way to give back, and the time investment is minimal compared to the large impact each donation will have. We're looking forward to coming together with the Houston community for a greater cause."