The Gallatin Rotary Club donated its collection of 80 pairs of new shoes for Buckner International’s Shoes for Orphan Souls during the three-day Rotary District 6040 “Shoes Caravan” conducted from May 17-19.

In partnership with the other 54 Rotary Clubs in Missouri Rotary District 6040, a total of 14,300 pairs of shoes, 1,415 pairs of socks, and over $12,000 were collected for international orphans in Romania and Ethiopia.  This humanitarian aid was collected during the multi-stop Shoes Caravan, starting in Kansas City on May 17 and ending in Lee’s Summit on May 19.

“We want to thank Anna Mae Cummings, owner of Foster Shoes in Gallatin for helping us in this Rotary project,” said Joseph Billings, Club president. “As Rotarians, we want to provide service to our local community and to people in need around the world. Donating shoes is so simple, but it makes such a big impact in the lives of needy children.”

Since 1999, Shoes for Orphan Souls has delivered more than 2 million pairs of shoes and socks to orphan children in 69 countries. Shoes for Orphan Souls is a ministry of Buckner International, a Dallas-based global ministry dedicated to the restoration and healing of orphans and at-risk children, families and senior adults.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace throughout the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians who are members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly 170 countries.  The Gallatin Rotary Club has 27 members and meets every Tuesday at noon at Cycles Restaurant.