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King's Ridge pre-first collects shoes for Orphanage Emmanuel



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The children in Debora Daniel's pre-first class at King's Ridge Christian School show off the shoes they collected for children at Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras. Standing in back, from left, are S. Gumels, M. Muscott, Z. McGruder, D. Jacobi, H. Forehand and I. Davis. Kneeling in front, from left, are K. Driskell, C. Usiskin, J.P. Pickren, W. Lossie and A. Payne. (click for larger version)
October 29, 2013
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – King's Ridge Christian School pre-first teacher Debora Daniel has been inspirational in leading the efforts to collect shoes for children at Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras. This year, her pre-first class collected over 100 pairs.

The program originated out of Northbrook United Methodist Church.

"The church travels there for mission trips and has numerous drives to assist those in the orphanage," said Daniel. "It is a tremendous program. My son traveled there when he was a teenager. It made such an impact on my family that I decided to bring the project to KR." Through the years, King's Ridge has collected more than 800 pairs of shoes for the project. Any size or style is accepted as the children range in age from toddler to teenagers. The orphanage hosts its own prom and school dances and thus, dress shoes are treasured. Daniel said that parents of students from previous years continue to save their old shoes and contribute to the project, even though their children have moved on from pre-first.

In the spring, students are also able to purchase books through the book fair that is held on campus and write letters such as, "God loves you" or "King's Ridge loves you" to the children of Honduras.

"I like these types of service projects because our children learn at an early age how important it is to help others," Daniel said.

For more information on the program, visit http://orphanageemmanuelhn.weebly.com/index.html.

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