2nd Annual #SensabaughMissionMoon: Help Us Help Soles4Souls Give Shoes in Haiti!
"The trip was life-changing!" -Coty Sensabaugh
2nd Annual #SensabaughMissionMoon with Soles4Souls in Haiti!
Last June, Coty and I led our first mission trip to the Dominican Republic and it was absolutely life changing! Our time spent with the children and citizens of the DR will forever reign as one of the greatest moments of our union. With that being said, we are already planning another partnership with Soles4Souls through our second annual #SensabaughMissionMoon to Haiti.
In September, Hurricane Matthew ravaged through Haiti killing over 1000 Haitian citizens and leaving hundreds of thousands in disarray. Providing Haitians with food and shelter are primary concerns, however, individuals need clothing and shoes because many have cut their feet or stepped on old nails because so much debris is scattered about.
HELP US, HELP THEM! Here is an opportunity for you to sacrifice your time and/or resources, and truly to give to those in need.
Their Back Story
On June 23, 2016, newlywed New York Giants Cornerback Coty Sensabaugh and wife, Dominique, packed their bags and headed to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic as part of their #SensabaughMissionMoon in partnership with Soles4Souls. Instead of taking a traditional honeymoon, Coty and Dominique decided to travel with family and friends to serve children and adults in the Dominican Republic by giving away new shoes.
What does it mean to receive a new pair of shoes? For many of us shoes are an abundant resource that is sometimes taken for granted, however, for millions of children and adults across the globe shoes are scarce. In many developing nations walking is the primary mode of transportation, so a pair of shoes keeps people happy, healthy and thriving.
During the 5 day trip, this 11 person Soles4Souls #SensabaughMissionMoon team gave almost 600 pairs of shoes to children and adults across schools, churches and a boys & girls club across Puerto Plata. All of our travelers, starting with Coty and Dominique, loved on, encouraged and uplifted the children we served in the DR. The team's love and laughter was infectious and the opportunity and dignity that they gave through a pair of shoes will make waves in those children's lives. Knowing some of their conditions - no running water, sold into prostitution at age 12, unable to go to school because they had no shoes – was just heartbreaking. But, through the power of a pair of shoes, the team was able to encourage, empower and care for them during the time we spent together. Our hope is that through the shoes we gave, the next chapter in their lives might look a little different than their last. And we are hopeful!
Check out photos from the #SensabaughMissionMoon Dominican Republic trip: https://benbrinker.client-gallery.com/#/soles4souls-and-sensabaugh-mission-dr-2016/allphotos.
The Sensabaugh’s have are deeply committed to Soles4Souls’ mission. Earlier this year the couple organized a shoe drive through their church and collected close to 17,000 pairs of gently used shoes. They also participated in the annual Soles4Souls #Barefoot4Them awareness campaign, scheduled for its fourth year this October.
How Can You Help?
Travel With Us: Mark your calendar June 28th – July 2nd, 2017 – we’re going to Haiti! Please contact Soles4Souls to receive more information:
Travel Coordinator Kristen Schwartz – firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate: Seeing first-hand the power of a pair of shoes during their 2nd annual #SensabaughMissionMoon, Coty and Dominique Sensabaugh are evermore committed to raising $40,000 to support Soles4Souls’ mission. Please donate directly to this page.
Help Raise Awareness: Post about Soles4Souls and the #SensabaughMissionMoon on your social media networks. Send emails and snail mail to your contacts encouraging them to support this movement. Finally, keep us in your prayers as we partner with this phenomenal organization to help those in need during #SensabaughMissionMoons to come.
Collect Shoes: Coty and Dominique will be collecting new and used shoes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners. If you are interested in supporting contact Dominique Jordan at Dominiquesensabaugh@gmail.com
Who Is Soles4Souls?
Soles4Souls is a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith- based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tenn., Soles4Souls holds a four-star rating with the charity watchdog organization Charity Navigator and is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance. Visit soles4souls.org for more information.