The Haiti Kids Project: Collecting Black School Shoes

Children in Haiti are required to wear black dress shoes with their government required uniform to attend school. Many children are turned away from school daily, based on this dress code. A pair of good shoes may be all that separates a child from an education.

Our goal is to send 500 pairs of shoes to Haiti for the upcoming school year.

Now through May 31, you can donate:

  • New or gently used black dress shoes.
  • Not tennis shoes or sandals.
  • All sizes, for ages 3-18.
  • For both boys and girls.
  • They must be sturdy; many children must walk miles to school.
  • Girls' shoes must be flats, with a closed toe.

Sign up online to give shoes

We encourage you to use our sign up account to see a list of the shoe sizes that are currently needed, and let us know what size shoes you will be bringing to the church.

Monetary gifts are also welcome.

Please bring shoes to the collection table in Fellowship Hall.

Soccer Balls!

Kids in Haiti love soccer. It's one of the things that gives them a fun outlet and encourages teamwork. We want to provide them with hours of fun by sending them real soccer balls, so they don't have to make their own out of old rubber and rags. Can you provide a regulation size 5 soccer ball or a hand pump? Bring them to the drop-off table in Fellowship Hall.

Personal Care Products

In addition to the school shoes, each child will also receive a personal care kit, which will include toothpaste and toothbrush, and deodorant, and for girls, feminine hygiene products. If you have a contact to source any of these items please contact Pastor Valerie Strand Patterson at vstrand@spdlc.org or 763-475-7126, or Cindy Carlson at ccarlson@spdlc.org or 763-475-7115.

Thank you for your generosity! Your gift makes education—and a good future—possible for a child in Haiti!