This, is a TRUE story!!! Found on the papers, translated…
The English Teacher, Yo-Jen Yang in order to help the Kenyan people with the problems of sand ticks, started in April, he’d used the internet, and initiated the “Old Shoes Save Lives” activities, he’d originally wanted to just have the shoes to fill up a twenty-inch small case, in the end, came four forty-inch large cases of compassion.
The most beautiful scene in Taiwan—compassion, plus, the endless powers of the internet, more than 14,000 pairs of life-saving shoes floated overseas, and arrived in the hands of the Kenyan people, at the end of the month, the second container will be shipped out.
Barefoot, Causing Ulcerated Feet, the Mountainous Regions are in Need of Shoes
Yo-Jen Yang’s Canadian father-in-law is a Christian pastor, and had helped build wells, schools with his church members in the distant mountains in Kenya often. He’d noticed how the people in the villages didn’t have any shoes, and would step barefoot into the sand and the bud, and the sand ticks could easily get in from the soles of their feet, and, at its best, the infections from the sand ticks can cause the feet to become ulcerated, at its worst, it can take the lives of the individuals who got it, the Kenyans are desperately in need of shoes.
Yang had heard his father-in-law talked about this, and, even IF everybody filled their suitcases up with shoes, there would only be enough room for only one to two hundred pairs at a time, seeing how the children who didn’t get shoes looking so sad, Yang’s heart went out to them.
On April 19 of this year, Yang started the movement of “’Old Shoes, Save Lives” project, wanted to just get about a hundred pairs of shoes donated from the public and then, used a twenty-inch cargo, transfer it to a school in the mountains of Kenya, so the kids could have shoes to go to school in.
He’d Only Set the Cause Up for Four Days, and He’d Managed to Get 14,000,000 Pairs of Shoes Donated
What he didn’t realize was, that in just four short days, he’d managed to get the amount of shoes to fill up a forty-inch large cargo case, and the message was reposted over ten thousand times, a ton of actors, actresses, along with school all joined the cause, even in Japan and Hong Kong, there would be inquiries, “Where do we send the shoes to?” a shoe manufacturer had even driven a truckload of shoes in his inventory to the church.
Yang said, he didn’t imagine the power of the internet, not only in his home and church in Chongli were piled with shoes, even in his brother’s computer repair shop in Taichung, along with the warehouse were all stuffed with shoes, the shoes piled up in the basements from floor to ceiling. He’d posted that the activities are now, over, that people should not send in more shoes.
But a lot of the online community saw the articles shared, and, there would still be over a hundred of packages, coming from all over. And, there wasn’t enough space, and so, they’d kept the donated goods in the post offices, but then, the post offices couldn’t manage, and so, he’d piled the donated items outside his shop front.
Yo-Jen Yang, the Person Who’d Started This Cause: I’m Even More Excited Than the Locals
“The compassion of the Taiwanese people are wider and deeper than the Indian Ocean,” Yo-Jen Yang said, that the items were eight times OVER what was expected, and, there were not only shoes, but old clothes, toys, and he’d shipped the items using a 40-inch cargo case, the first shipment of forty thousand pairs of shoes, over seven thousand kilograms worth of clothing, got shipped out this June, and, by September, it had arrived in Kenya. This year in November, Yang went to Kenya, and saw how a woman who had not had shoes for nine years, wearing the lifesaving pair of shoes, and smiling so very brightly, “I’m even more excited than they all are!” The second shipment will be sent out before the end of this month.
And so, this, is how fast kindness spread, to overseas, and, all it took was this man’s compassion, empathy toward people in those less fortunate circumstances, and, it also showed, how people would be more than willing to help out, if you ask them to.