On Saturday, March 2 a group of us headed over to Share Your Soles in Chicago. Volunteers as young as 7 years old were helping to sort and process the large number of shoes that have been recently collected and dropped off at the facility. The shoes that we processed today will be heading over to help individuals living in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda.
Nakivale is the oldest and largest refugee settlement in Africa, with over 56,000 refugees living there. Of this 56,000, approximately 28,000 are children and young people who have lived there most (if not all) their lives. As is true with most refugee camps, life is devastatingly hard in Nakivale and resources are extremely limited.
While the work we did today may be just a drop of hope in a seemingly endless sea of despair, the shoes, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and canes Share Your Soles delivers to these refugees will provide basic needs that they would otherwise go without. So, even though it may be just a drop, it is a drop of hope which will ripple and eventually build into mighty wave of kindness and love for humanity.
No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many. –Kevin Heath, CEO More4Kids