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zx Buckner sends 6,700 pairs of shoes to aid refugees affected by ISIS

DALLAS – Buckner International sent more than 6,700 pairs of shoes to aid refugees in Kurdistan who have fled from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS. The Buckner shoes were part of a Dallas- area effort spearheaded by Brookhaven Church in McKinney to provide relief to those in a refugee camp in Kurdistan. The shipment also included water filters, clothes and humani- tarian supplies.

The humanitarian aid, including the foot-

wear, were taken to Texas Baptist Men, who shipped them in a container for Iraq. The items will be distributed to families who fled the ravages of ISIS, which has killed or held many of the refugees’ relatives. Some in the camp managed to escape ISIS captivity and are in need of counseling.

“These people fled with only the clothes on their backs, so these people have nothing,” said Gary Smith, a Texas Baptist Men volun- teer who worships at Brookhaven Church. “We’re showing the love of Christ by provid- ing things to people on the other side of the world who have nothing.”

The shoes were donated through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® , the largest humani-

tarian aid project of Buckner. In the past 16 years, more than 3 million shoes have been collected through shoe drives across the country and delivered to vulnerable children and families in 81 countries. Ashley Williamson, director of Shoes for Orphan Souls, prays the shoes and other supplies meet crucial needs and provide a bit of hope for those so tragically affected by ISIS’ terror across Syria and Iraq. “Thousands of Yazidi families had to flee their homes in Iraq because of religious persecution in recent months, and hundreds of children have lost parents because of the violence,” she said. “This situation has been heavy on the hearts of our Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls team this year, and we have been praying about how we can help.” Williamson is thankful for the work of non- profit groups meeting refugee needs, as well as Dallas-area partners such as Texas Baptist Men and Brookhaven Church coming together to help in times of desperation. “It takes all of us working together to make a difference,” she said. “Each of us has a role to play in shining hope into the lives of those who have little. Today, Buckner, Texas Baptist Men and Brookhaven Church have come together to do just that in hopes of caring for refugees who are at a crucial point in their lives.”

–John Hall

Buckner wishes to thank the following corporations, foundations and other organizations for their charitable contributions of $1,000 or more during the first quarter of 2015.

Accounting Society University of Texas Pan American

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Amarillo National Bank Capital for Kids Celanese Foundation Chaparral Foundation Christian Mission Concerns East Aldine Management District Ernest L. Kurth, Jr. Charitable Foundation Exxon Mobil Foundation Farmer Environmental Group LLC Garrison Family Foundation Harcros Chemicals, Inc. H-E-B

Kosmos Energy, LLC Noble Energy, Inc. Ray H. Marr Foundation

Rosemary Haggar Vaughan Family Foundation

T.L.L. Temple Foundation Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger The Beaumont Foundation of America The Buckner Auxiliary Memorial Fund The Ed Stedman Foundation The Edaren Foundation

The George and Claudette Hatfield Foundation, Inc.

The Leo S. and Emogene Burton Case Foundation

The Naymola Foundation The Reaud Charitable Foundation The Walmart Foundation United Way of Amarillo & Canyon United Way of Tyler/Smith County W.H. & Mary Ellen Cobb Charitable Trust Walmart Stores, Inc. Wilton and Effie Mae Hebert Foundation Wolfforth Caregivers, Inc.

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