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Shoe Cutting Party

Last week, I hosted a fun and unique event one evening. I had a Shoe Cutting Party for Sole Hope. The basic idea is simple. Invite your friends over. Have everyone bring a pair of jeans they no longer need or want and a pair of scissors. Then spend the evening tracing and cutting out pieces of the jeans you brought for the top half of shoes for kids in Africa.

I had fully intended to take cute and fun pictures of my friends cutting out shoes during the party. Then, when I realized I had forgotten to do that, I made a mental note to take a picture of the piles of shoes we had cut out. Unfortunately, I remembered that after I had packaged the shoes in a box and taped it all up really well. So, the above pictures is what you get. A box with 25 pairs of shoes to be sent to Sole Hope's office in the States before being shipped to Uganda where the Ugandan shoemakers employed by Sole Hope will put these shoes together. 

But, the party was great. I kept all of my materials because I would like to do it again. It was a relaxing and unique reason to have my friends over to my home. I don't know about you, but I want to have my friends over in the evening every once and while, but the "hey, come over and hang out" invitation is too easily declined. I am guilty of this, too. But to have a purpose outside of ourselves to gather seemed like a great excuse to have people together and I think it was a success. Anyone know of any other things like this that one can do with a small gathering in your home?

And since I know some of you will ask, I learned about this ministry from The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, my new favourite podcast. She interviewed Asher, the co-founder of Sole Hope in one of her early podcasts.


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