Imagine never having a pair of shoes

My dear sisters and brothers,
SHOES! Imagine never having a pair of shoes or imagine
sharing shoes with siblings to take turns going to school!!

Each year we discover more children deprived of education
due to not having shoes to attend class. Last year you opened
your hearts AND opened a path out of poverty for
1,467children by funding shoes giving the opportunity to go
to school – 35% more than 2021!!!

We Franciscans are known as Master Beggars. So once again,
I am asking for your generosity to buy shoes for children. You
know from your own families how quickly children outgrow
and wear out shoes! I wish that you could see the joy of a
child having his first pair of new shoes. What a simple
blessing to provide!

Our team is physically going out to the camps and neighborhoods measuring feet and
accommodating sizes. Although these feet are tinier, in some ways, it reminds me of
Christ washing the feet of his beloved disciples. Twenty-five dollars ($25) will allow us
to provide a pair of new shoes that fit properly.

Donations can be made online at:
send to PO Box 15576, Scottsdale, AZ 85267

Do not take your own blessings for granted. Please do whatever you can to help make
a difference. As I pray for the poor, I also pray in thanksgiving for you. Christ will
surely smile on you for bringing smiles to his children.

Peace and all good
Fr. Martin Ibarra, OFM

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