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SOS - They need your help!

Greetings, and welcome back after a long absence of updates!


I have a feeling, like me, most of you are the type of person that loves to contribute---bringing joy to others, being a part of something greater than yourself and helping others. Contribution is, after all, one of our basic needs as a human being. In fact, we’ll be discussing this more in-depth with future newsletter editions. But for now...


How can you help? What might be another way for you to satisfy that urge to contribute?

Well, I’ve got an endeavor I think might be a great fit for you.


Recently, I teamed up with the local Waldo-Brookside rotary group, in order to help promote their quest of helping provide resources for the organization Shoes for Orphans Souls. (Who doesn’t love a clever bit of wordplay?). Together, we literally have the opportunity to “put shoes on children’s feet”!


Since 1999, S.O.S. has, throughout 83 different countries, help put more than 4 million pairs of NEW shoes and socks on children’s feet. By way of this organization, you and I have an opportunity to positively impact a child’s life.


And just in case you’re wondering, yes, plenty of those shoes stay right here in America (roughly 20%), to help our children here at home.


Why shoes?


Because, believe it or not, a lotof children in developing countries are walking around barefoot. Without proper protection for their foot soles, these children become susceptible to parasites and disease---not to mention the pain they inevitably endure while traversing intense and rocky terrain barefoot.

During my service trips to Haiti, a major theme I noticed was a severe lack of shoes.

The result down there?


Lots of little feet with painful leisens and open sores. In all honesty, it was heartbreaking to see, on a daily basis.


Remember, for whatever universal reason, it’s often small gestures that have massive impact. Especially when looking at a global scope.


So, where do you come in?


Well, I figured since you and I are both part of the same wonderful community, you might want to join me in this endeavor.


Here’s my offer:


From now until Friday, April 17th

  • If you bring in a new pair of kids shoes, socks and shoelaces,

  • I will waive your adjustment fee for that visit.

  • If you know someone who has been thinking about coming in, I will discount their exam fee $75, for a donation of the same items.

Most of the shoes this year go to children in the Dominican Republic, while a significant minority of donations remain here in the ‘States, helping our own children in need.


If you want to donate more, that would be amazing!


While, I can only provide you with one discounted offer though, if you’d like to join me in this crusade…


I’d be eternally grateful.


As cliche as it may sound, we can make a difference in a child’s life. I’ve seen it first-hand.

Note: If you prefer to donate money instead of buying the shoes, I’ll ask for the full $45. Outside of that there is no “requirement” for the price of items you bring in.


Keep in mind, this opportunity spans three-fold:


  1. It allows you to save money,

  2. You help yourself with an adjustment.

  3. And, equally important, you help a child in dire need.

If you’re interested, please spread the word. And it should be mentioned, people are by no means obligated to receive an adjustment if all they want to do is donate and help the cause.


Together, let’s show the world a little love and shift the momentum towards a connected global community.


Stay tuned for updates and reminders as we get closer to the deadline!

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