Clothing and Shoes

1. Organization Name:  Dresses for Orphans

Title of Partnership Package:  Love Bank Missions Program

Brief Description: The mission of Dresses for Orphans is to help orphans feel special, loved and cared for by providing them with new, specially made dresses and shirts.  Churches and Christian organizations in the United States deliver these FREE outfits to the children in their care and this program is a way to partner with them to provide these outfits and helps families become involved in ministry.  Pictures of the kids wearing their new outfits can be seen on the Web site.

There are over 50 volunteers in 3 states sewing these outfits and as of June 2013, over 11,800 outfits have been made for 80 orphanages in 29 countries.    All funds raised go to purchase supplies to make the dresses and shirts.

What Local Host Does:  There are Five Steps to Implement This Program:

1. Designate a person to be in charge

2. Place an order for the Love Banks

3. Set a date for the banks to be returned

4. Give banks out with instructions to fill with coins

5. Count the money and send a check to Dresses for Orphans

What Organizational Partner Does:  Dresses for Orphans Provides the Following:

1. The Love Bank Cans

2. Hand-outs to give each participant

3. Leader’s guide for the coordinator

4. Posters for advertising

5. Bulletin inserts for promotion

6. News release/announcement copy

7. Sample dress and shirt

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2.  Organization: Buckner International

Partnership Model: Shoes for Orphan Souls® Shoe Drive

Description:

Shoes for Orphan Souls®, the largest humanitarian aid project of Buckner International, provides new shoes and socks to orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and throughout the world. From conducting shoe drives to humanitarian aid trips, Buckner offers hands-on opportunities to individuals, groups and organizations wanting to transform lives. Since 1999, more than 2.3 million pairs of new shoes have been distributed to children in 74 countries, including the United States.

For many children around the world, shoes are a constant and urgent need. New shoes improve the health of a child and prevent them from contracting preventable diseases. They also provide opportunity for education, since most schools around the world require children to wear shoes. And lastly, new shoes provide hope. Children in most orphanages share everything and do not own a single possession. When you provide a new pair of shoes, it communicates love and helps a child know they are not forgotten.

What Local Host Does: Host a Shoe Drive

Hosting a shoe drive is a fun, easy way to make a significant difference in the lives of children around the world.  Shoe drive hosts engage their local church, business or organization to collect shoes.  When a host registers their shoe drive, Buckner provides promotional materials to make their shoe drive a success. After the shoes or socks are collected, all items should be delivered or shipped back to the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid in Mesquite, Texas.

What Organizational Partner Does:

The Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid in Dallas, Texas, packs and ships shoes, socks, medical supplies, and other humanitarian aid to Buckner-affiliated Community Transformation Centers and network partners around the world.  These centers work with families and children in need to transform the poorest communities one life at a time.

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3.  Organization:  Orphan Outreach

Partnership Model #2: “Undies for Orphans” Collection

Description: Let others know about the desperate needs of orphans by hosting a “Undies for Orphans” collection. All areas of your church can easily get involved by bringing socks and underwear to be distributed by Orphan Outreach to orphans and vulnerable children in Christian schools and orphanages around the world. Undies are practical, inexpensive items that are urgently needed by every orphanage we serve. You can also consider recruiting a team of individuals from your church to join an Orphan Outreach mission trip and personally distribute your “undies” and the Gospel to orphans.

The mission of Orphan Outreach is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by ministering to orphans around the world, by meeting their spiritual, physical, emotional and educational needs.

What Local Host Does: Collect “Undies for Orphans” and send them to Orphan Outreach.

What Organizational Partner Does: Orphan Outreach will supply you with graphics and photos for your collection.  Orphan Outreach will also get the “Undies” to the children in desperate need!

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