Project funds shoes for Afghan refugees |

Project funds shoes for Afghan refugees

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Members of the confirmation classes at St. Theresa Church made drawings of their own shoes that were used to create note cards. The cards are being sold for $7 each to benefit the Shoes for Shoes Project to help Afghan refugees.

The confirmation classes at St. Theresa Church have been studying social justice. Social Justice is the concept that we are responsible for helping others who are in need; considering everyone in the world as our brothers and sisters. To help understand this concept and put it to work, they were invited to help create the Shoes for Shoes project.

David Haase, a former member of the confirmation class and currently a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force is stationed in Afghanistan, and every Friday he visits refugee camps to deliver supplies. He has seen the need for aid, especially shoes. A friend in his unit has contracted a special deal that allows him to purchase shoes for $7 a pair to distribute to needy Afghans.

The confirmation class made drawings of their own shoes. The drawings were then put together in card form by Carol Haase-Hug. The classes assembled the cards into packs of seven cards, which they sold for $7 a pack. Thus each pack of cards sold translates to one pair of shoes.

To date the classes have raised more than $2,300. The money collected is being wired directly to Haase in Afghanistan. Anyone who would like to purchase a set of cards or make a donation may call Sue Davis at (530) 544-4788.

“We are very proud of the effort our students and our community have made to help those in need. Our students are living out the concept of justice and have seen first hand the generosity of our community. This has been an incredible learning experience for our classes,” Davis said.

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