It's hard to picture life without a pair of shoes to protect your feet, but thousands of children in Nicaragua are forced to do without these comforts.
Thankfully, a wonderful effort by many dedicated individuals and businesses in two different countries resulted in nearly 4,000 pairs of shoes being given to children in some of the most rural areas of Nicaragua.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Shoe Collection Begins
The tremendous effort began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is here that Mike Madden and Karl Orhman, as well as Orhman's grandchildren, helped to collect and box gently used shoes in a range of sizes for children of all ages. After packing up 150 boxes, they had a total of 3,750 pairs ready to deliver to children in Nicaragua, Central America.
Cincinnati, Ohio: Shipment of Shoes
In Cincinnati, Ohio, the packed boxes of shoes were picked up by Matthew 25 Ministries. This charity then brought the shoes to Nicaragua, so they could be delivered.
Nicaragua: Shoes Will be Delivered to Local Children
There are several groups in Nicaragua who will help get the shoes delivered to needy children living in the most rural portions of the country. Charities, kind individuals and businesses such as Gran Pacifica will work together to make sure that every single pair goes to children who need them.
What started as a simple idea has turned into a truly amazing effort coordinated by kind people in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Nicaragua. Gran Pacifica is pleased to be a part of this charitable act.