Around North Texas the name “Buckner” usually conjures up Buckner Children’s Home. Opened in 1879, the home was the brainchild of R.C. Buckner, who saw the need for an orphanage in Texas. After all, Texas was recovering from the Mexican War and the Civil War and children-without-parents were a real issue. After passing the hat in 1877 and collecting $27, R.C. opened the Buckner Orphans’ Home and admitted its first three orphans.
R.C.’s own children and grandchildren carried on his work and expanded it to other parts of the state. Eventually, it grew internationally — Buckner International.
Whoa, but don’t think the program was limited to operating orphanages. No, not by a long shot. It has also taken on foster-care services, prevention programs, senior adult services, missionary opportunities and Shoes for Orphan Souls, which has provided 2.2 million shoes for needy children in North Texas and around the world since 1999.
Dallas Patriots President Logan Stout learned that the biggest donation of shoes to Shoes for Orphan Souls was 25,000. His response was to gather “25K + 1. In today’s world, there is so much pressure for kids to complete (sic), to win. . . I think it’s equally important to teach these kids the importance of servant leadership and giving back.”
To achieve this hefty goal, Buckner International, The Dallas Patriots and Premier Baseball Academy are collecting new shoes until Saturday, July 30, at the following locations:
- Payless ShoeSource (select locations)
- LifeWay Christian Stores
- Travis Avenue Baptist Church (Fort Worth)
- First Baptist Church (Richardson)
- Cornerstone Baptist Church (Dallas)