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Church youth group collects more than 26,000 pairs of shoes for Haiti

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Youth group from Velocity Church in Taylors collects more than 26,000 pairs of shoes for Haiti. (Courtesy: Velocity Church) Youth group from Velocity Church in Taylors collects more than 26,000 pairs of shoes for Haiti. (Courtesy: Velocity Church)
Youth group with Velocity Church in Taylors collects more than 26,000 pairs of shoes for Haiti. (Courtesy: Velocity Church) Youth group with Velocity Church in Taylors collects more than 26,000 pairs of shoes for Haiti. (Courtesy: Velocity Church)
TAYLORS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Barrels and barrels of shoes are bagged and put in tractor trailers. Some of the shoes are new, others are gently worn.

"It makes me really happy," Emily Clark said. "I have a lot of shoes and I know that a lot of people don't.

 She's 8 years old and she's a member of Beyond Children's Ministry at Velocity Church in Taylors. She and other young people in her youth group at church, participated in a mission project to collect shoes for those in need.

"I don't even like when people don't even have shoes because it hurts," Gabriel Vestal said. He and others helped with the donation drive, too.

"So, they would have something they haven't had before," Vestal said.

The youth group partnered with Soles4Souls which is an anti-poverty organization that acts as a relief agency for those in need.

"They collect shoes and distribute them to 127 nations and in all 50 states for people in need," Renee King said. She's the children's minister at Velocity Church supervised the project.

"We have started at a young age trying to teach them that life is not about them," King said. "They were called in God's image to love other people."

The group collected 26,434 pairs of shoes.

"I'm very much humbled that God is taking our shoes and sending them immediately to Haiti," King said.

Haiti is still recovering from a massive earthquake and now Hurricane Matthew.

"I think that it feels really special," King said.

So, the kids say they've learned about giving and now they're sharing a special message to others.

"I think they should help," Vestal said.

Those shoes are now on their way to Nashville, TN and will then head to Haiti. Those who worked with the project say they've learned there are about 400 billion children worldwide who are in basic need of shoes.

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