Texas Rangers player Nomar Mazara is hosting a one-day shoe drive with Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®. The Dominican Republic-born player is teaming with nonprofit Buckner International to help bring new athletic shoes to vulnerable children in his hometown.
Fans who bring one or more new pairs of athletic shoes will have the opportunity to meet Mazara. The collection will happen at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex presented by Toyota from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy is also home to one of three Dallas-area Buckner Family Hope Centers, which provide programs and services to strengthen families in the community.
All donated shoes must be new. The greatest need is for new athletic shoes, sizes Youth 4 to Adult 9. Cash donations are also accepted and will help purchase additional shoes as well as cover distribution costs for Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls.
Buckner International will distribute the shoes to children in the towns of Santo Domingo, Mazara’s hometown.
Buckner 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. Since 1999, Buckner Shoes has collected and distributed nearly 4 million pairs of new shoes, serving children in more than 80 countries. Thirty percent of the shoes benefit children living in the U.S. For more information about organizing a shoe drive and volunteer opportunities, call toll-free 1-866-774-SHOE or visit Buckner.org/Shoes.
The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children in need within our community, and provides funding for children, the military and first responders and their families, educational, health, and athletic programming and partnerships. Since its inception in 1991, the Foundation has invested more than $30 million in its community to help children through support of programs including the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, presented by Toyota, youth fitness and wellness programs like the just keep livin programs, scholarships, and summer programming for children in challenging circumstances.