MjsLegacy is trying to raise money for 150 shoes by the end of the month for the children of Monrovia. So far, 116 pairs of shoes have been funded.
If you been thinking or wondering if you should contribute, please read the story below about how Michael’s gift of shoes and other items to a little girl gave her the hope that she needed to change her life.
“….I love to do things for children and I try to imitate Jesus. And no, I am not saying I am Jesus, I’m not saying that…. I’m trying to imitate Jesus in the fact that he said to be like children, to love children, to be as pure as children, and to make yourself as innocent and to see the world through eyes of wonderment and the whole magical quality of it all and I love that. And we’ll have like a hundred bald headed children, they all have cancer, and they’re all running around. And they are enjoying themselves and it makes me cry happy tears that I was able to do this for them, you know. (It) makes me so pleased inside.”
“I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to. He said “Continue to love. Always love. Remember children. Imitate the children.” Not childish, but childlike.” ~ Michael Jackson
In Lidia Kight’s childhood, there were no vacations to Disney World, no piles of Christmas presents, no closets stuffed with shoes and clothing. She was born in a one-room shack with dirt floors, and she was lucky to have food in her belly or a pencil to take to school….
“I always knew there was something else out there; I just didn’t know what it was,” says Lidia.
When she was about 10 years old, volunteers came to her village and measured the children’s feet, promising to return with brand-new shoes made just for them.
“I couldn’t believe somebody was going to send me that — it was kind of like, I’ve heard that before,” says Lidia. Many mission trips came to the Dominican Republic but either didn’t make it to her village or didn’t have anything for Lidia. This time, though, there was something for Lidia: her first pair of new shoes.
The shoes came from a project sponsored by Michael Jackson. Lidia and the other children also received a pair of socks, a backpack full of school supplies and a small boombox that played Jackson’s music.
From then on, Lidia’s life was different. School was fun because she had new paper, crayons and shoes, and she didn’t have to feel embarrassed for having nothing. She says the shoes and music were proof that there was a better way of life for her, somewhere. Her own friends were already starting to have babies, falling into the same old pattern of poverty and sadness. Lidia knew she deserved better.
“A seed was planted in my heart. I knew I needed to get out of there,” she says. “I was determined to change something, and it was not going to happen if I stayed in the Dominican Republic. I came to believe I could do it.”
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For more info, check out the ShoeThatGrows.org