Like the Pacific Northwest, the rainy season has begun in Uganda and many children lack proper footwear. Walking barefoot can lead to infection and disease that could leave those without shoes disabled or permanently disfigured. Agape Adoptions is collecting new or gently-used children’s shoes in all sizes to help youths living in a children’s home in Kampala, Uganda.
The drive will continue through Oct. 15 according to Clarissa Moll, communications coordinator for Agape Adoptions. Shoes can be dropped off at Agape Adoptions’ office in downtown Sumner.
“It is the rainy season in Uganda right now,” Moll said, “so shoes that wear well in wet conditions are best.”
Executive Director Myriam Avery will be traveling to Uganda later this month and she will take all donated shoes with her. Any shoes that are donated after the Oct. 15 deadline will be taken on the next trip.
This is the first time they have held this type of drive. Throughout the year, Agape Adoptions accepts financial donations as well as hygiene supplies and clothing for children living in children’s homes in China, Romania, Haiti, Bulgaria and Uganda.
For additional information, please contact Agape Adoptions by phone at 253-987-5804.