Local people reach out to orphans, give shoes

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Clay Bebensee stands on a pile of shoes as Chris Wallenfeldt helps pack them for shipment from First Baptist Church in Galva to the Shoes for Orphan Souls ministry.

Area residents have collected nearly 300 pairs of new shoes to be given to “Shoes for Orphan Souls,” a worldwide ministry of Buckner Orphan Care.

According to local coordinator Gloria Wilson of First Baptist Church, Galva, 282 pairs of kids shoes were collected, along with 84 pairs of socks and 15 pairs of shoe laces. They were taken July 14 to Harvest Bible Chapel in Davenport, Iowa, before being shipped to Buckner Orphan Care in Texas. Buckner delivers the items to orphans in the U.S. and 38 other countries.

The local items were initially collected at First Baptist Church, Galva Congregational Church, Williamsfield United Methodist Church and by Delta Kappa Gamma International Sorority.

Helping box up the items on July 14 at First Baptist Church were Lilly Bebensee and her son Clay, John Larson, Chris Wallenfeldt, Bonnie Anderson, Helen Anderson and Wilson.

Shoes, socks and shoe laces can be dropped off year-round at First Baptist Church. All items must be new, due to governmental regulations.