NJ Girl, 10, Gets 1,000 Pairs of Shoes Donated For Poor Kids In Mexico

VOORHEES, N.J. (CBS) – A South Jersey girl is heading to Mexico this Saturday with some very special cargo in her suitcases.

The 10-year-old is taking along more than 1,000 pairs of shoes, for a very good cause.

Eden Eskaros first visited Mexico last year. She says it was an eye-opening experience.

“They live literally in a cement box,” she recalled after seeing one family.  “And they have no bed, so they break up cardboard boxes and sleep on that.”

But what struck her most was the children without shoes.

“One of the little girls just started bawling because she couldn’t play with (others) because the ground there cuts up their feet, so her sister actually came with her pair of shoes and they shared — and they’re hopping around on one foot.”

Eden vowed to bring back 100 pairs of shoes.   She wrote to her local shoe stores, and one store manager responded by buying and donating 43 pairs of shoes.

Eden leveraged that during a talk to her local church, Calvary Chapel Old Bridge.

“I figured this church wouldn’t want to be outdone by a local shoe store,” she says.

VIDEO: Watch Eden (“Eme”) Eskaros’ inspiring talk to her church

The church, indeed, did not — and donated 1,000 pairs of shoes, which Eden and the team of 20 she’s travelling with will take with them on Saturday.

“I am so excited that we get to do this. I really want to help them,” Eden told KYW Newsradio this morning.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio 1060

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One Comment

  1. Sergiu says:

    The article might not be really accurate at the following point: “The church, indeed, did not — and donated 1,000 pairs of shoes, which Eden and the team of 20 she’s travelling with will take with them on Saturday.”

    Last Sunday (7/24/2011), pastor Lloyd said that one (or more) shoe retailers from the “Payless shoes” chain provided more shoes and now the mission team can take more than a thousand pairs of shoes to Mexico. It’s not clear whether the shoe retailer is owned by someone in our church or not, our pastor did not mention this, but I think we would have been told this.

    1. jimshev says:

      Sergiu… Does it really matter?? I can tell you that I serve at the info counter and there are still people dropping off shoes..wether the shoes were given by shoe stores or not the fact of the matter is that someone had to ask them to donate them…. so really its all good and amazing how the Lord put it on Eme’s heart to ask for 100 pairs of shoes for the kids in mexico.. and the Lord gave the increase to 1000 or more!! What a blessing and a great lesson for us all. I know that Eme {and all of us for that matter} is truly amazed at how great our GOD is!
      The bible says in James 4:2-3 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.3 You ask and do not recieve , because you ask amiss,that you may spend it on your pleasures.
      God put it on this kids heart to ask and she asked, not for her pleasure, but for the pleasure of others and GOD answered ! that is what it is all about! We should never lose sight of this

      1. Carol E says:

        Amen Jim Shev. Amen! Eme is praising God as are we all. And you are right, the specifics are less important, but Sergui, the shoes came from hundreds of individual donors, as well as a few stores who also donated shoes and shipped them to our church. We had shoes come in from North Jersey, South Jersey, Kansas, South Carolina, and more… And to God be the glory.

      2. Sergiu says:

        I agree with both of you Jim Shev and Carl E. It really is an amazing lesson, no doubt about it. Moreover yesterday I heard that indeed the donations came from many, many sources. Praise the Lord for working in so many lives!!!

        On the other hand, I met (too many) people who felt offended when they were not acknowledged in reports like this. (They’re unaware of Matthew 6:3,4, unfortunately). Thinking about them, I did not want something like this to happen on this joyful occasion.

  2. john says:

    Hey Mike, This 10 year old is trying, if you have a heart for the poor here you can do the same. All she did was ask!

  3. Mike says:

    What is wrong with the poor children here in the U.S.? Forget Mexico…

    1. Shalice says:

      well mike,
      She is going to mexico on a missions trip, why not give them something they need? They have nothing. There are many things needed in the world, a whole list full of them, so whey not go to mexico first?

    2. kathy says:

      Can you imagine what this world would be like if EVERYONE followed God’s leading with the faith of this little girl? She is putting adults to shame!

    3. Eric says:

      As Jesus Himself commented, “For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good…” If your genuine concern is for the poor in America, there is nothing… I repeat nothing that prevents you and I from helping the poor in our own neighborhoods among us, except a self-centered attitude that insists they are someone else’s problem.

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