BANGOR — Kindness is a universal language and members of the St. Paul the Apostle youth ministry group say they are learning how good it feels to help others, even those who are far away.
Members from St. Paul the Apostle Parish gathered to help trace pieces of denim to be shipped to Uganda and later crafted into shoes for local children. It all started when Ken Morse and his family wanted to give back during the pandemic.
“This was important, it mostly started during COVID when we couldn’t get out in the community and do some of the volunteer work we wanted to do so we had to do something different so we looked for different opportunities and I just came across this opportunity through Sole Hope,” Morse said.
Sole Hope is a nonprofit organization that aims to help keep children in Uganda safe from foot parasites that can lead to serious infections.
Denim pieces were traced and pinned together and a local craftsman will then make the shoes.
Dave Morse, a member of the Morse family said, “We had denim already traced out and it was really helpful that we had so many students at the church to help out.”
The denim was donated by The Attic thrift store.
KJ Morse, another Morse brother said, “A simple action of an art project like we did in elementary school, but having it have that impact on the world and help some people overseas who are not as fortunate as we are.”
They were able to prepare and sponsor 118 pairs of shoes.