How many people do you meet in a year? Is it possible to keep track? I don’t think anyone remembers them all, but we all can point to certain individuals whom we’ve met throughout the year that have made an impact in our lives. I’d like to talk about a person I met last year. Someone who makes a difference. I’m talking about my friend, Mr. Brian Keith Miller.
Brian created SolePlus as a bridge between cultures. He uses Converse Sneakers to connect kids from different backgrounds, by designing shoes. Yep, you read right. If you’re a regular reader, here on PapáHeroes, you know this. I’ve had the honor to work alongside him several times already, and I have witnessed, first-hand the incredible human being, Brian is. Well it gets better.
Brian has taken upon himself to share the abundance of love and compassion he has and has received, to others. This time, 600 Uganda (African) Orphans. He’s going to be excahnging Converse Chuck Taylor Shoes designed by hand by a group of 600 kids from the Metro Atlanta Boys and Girls Club to a group of 600 Orphans in Uganda. A group of kids will have the opportunity to meet other like them whom lives are full of hardship and pain. This will certainly, move them. I’m sure of it. By participating in SolePlus’ #SneakerPals program kids will have a chance of viewing life from a different perspective. I’m sure it will make them more gracious to what they have. On the other hand, the Uganda kids will see that they are not alone. There are people out there that want to help and be a friend to them. This global vision of help, really touches me. I can see God’s Blessings all over this.
We Can Ship In!
For this project, SolePlus has developed a few ways of us getting the chance to help. We can donate money (there’s no minimum or maximun. Every donation is well accepted), we can buy a t-shirt, a poster or a book from this project. We can offer our help as a Voluntary Worker. We can even submit ourselves to a contest, where the winner, will accompany Brian and the rest of the team over to Uganda this July, 2012 to serve and help those 600 kids. Wow.
On the occasions I’ve had the priviledge of talking with Brian, I’ve heard ideas on helping folks. All of them as impressive as this one, but it’s one thing to say them and a whole other to see them happen. I can sure use Brian’s steps as a guide to my own life. This example he’s setting is something to be emulated, To be praised and to be blessed. So here goes:
Brian, I thank you for your inniciative. Helping others in need is something we all have to do, and you do it big! Thank you for that. I will include you and this project of yours in my prayers so that you receive nothing else than blessings. We need people like you and your SolePlus team. People who are willing to lend a hand, with no gratification in mind. The gratification will come back on its own, for you are doing something very positive, and it will return to you and your team in abundance. God Bless.
If you feel touched by what I’ve just narrated, I urge you to head on over to SolePlus.org and show your support. We, at PapáHeroes extend our support as well, and hope there is something we can do on our part to help. Brian, tell us how!
Here’s the Video explaining how this project will go down. Tell me if you can ignore this after you’ve seen Brian explain to you how we can all help.
Sole Plus: Sneaker Pals 2012 Uganda Promo from Sole Plus on Vimeo.