BUY SOME SHOES – MAKE SOME SMILES!

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HELP BUY SOME SHOES AND CREATE SOME SMILES!

 

 vamos shoesWe’ve all heard the expression: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”  Well, I was watching the children play at one of our VAMOS! centers recently, (we were holding our own version of the Olympics!) and I couldn’t help but notice the shoes most of the children were wearing – too small, too big, ripped, holes, no laces and so on.  Then I looked at the smiles on the children’s faces – big, huge, toothy grins that had no connection to their shoes, but did reflect the amount of laughter and fun that they were involved in.  Then Antonio walked by me.  I have no idea how his shoes stayed on his feet.  They were 4 sizes too big and without laces.  Yet Antonio won our long jump competition!  ”How do your shoes stay on your feet?” I asked.  ”I don’t know,” he answered, “but my feet are growing so soon they will fit me!”  Two things struck me.  First, I could never walk a mile in those shoes, and second – Why can’t we ask people to help some of these children, and their moms, to get new shoes!

Antonio and so many others need good quality shoes that fit. Why can’t we buy these VAMOS! girls and boys a new pair of shoes?  And their mothers too! Of course new shoes will do more than help Antonio jump higher and farther.  Here, walking is the primary mode of transportation.  Walking to school or work over rocky, dusty, unpaved roads is a part of everyday life in the poorer neighborhoods of Cuernavaca.  Most of our children have never had a new pair of shoes.  It seems like such a simple gift to you and me, but I can assure you that new shoes will have a real impact on their lives.  There is the feeling that they are worth a new pair of shoes. The feeling that someone thought enough about them to buy them a new pair of shoes. They will feel important, cared for, loved, and that can make all of the difference.   

 

And that is what we are asking you – will you make a difference in a child’s life?  I promise that every dollar raised will go to

buy shoes for our children and mothers.  We will buy them at the best price, from local merchants, supporting the local

economy.  Will a new pair of shoes solve poverty in Mexico? No, but it does address a simple problem that can be solved.  It will

make life a little more comfortable for a poor child and her mother.  Our children will walk (or run) to school now with a little

bit of a bounce in their step, and carry with them a bit more pride and the self-esteem that comes along with a new pair of shoes. And

they will smile a little more too.  It will be a smile that you put on their face.  Your gift will create smiles in this world and I

hope that brings a smile to your own perfect face!

So how will it work? We have talked to local merchants and the sneakers or school shoes that we will buy will cost about $25 a pair.

During any given week VAMOS! sees about a thousand children and women at our centers.  So $25 time 1000 equals $25,000!

WOW! That’s a lot but I believe we can do it!  Will you help?

 Will YOU buy a pair of shoes!

Or buy two pairs for $50.  Five pairs for $125.  Ten for $250!

$500 buys shoes for an entire class!  $1,000 provides shoes for about ten families!

CLICK HERE to Buy Some Shoes and Make Some Smiles!

EVERY DOLLAR DONATED HERE WILL GO DIRECTLY TO PURCHASE SHOES FOR OUR CHILDREN AND MOMS!

YOU WILL BE CREATING HOPE  FOR POOR CHILDREN IN A VERY REAL AND TANGIBLE WAY!

We’ll keep you posted on how we are doing and send you the pictures and videos to show you!

Thanks a lot! Muchas gracias!

You can also send a check to VAMOS!  PO Box 212  Weston, VT 05161.

Every donation will receive a personal note from VAMOS!