Friday, October 31, 2008

The Fleet Has Made It to YouTube!

Our Flip Flop Friends, Gus and Margie, put on a skit at their church to promote the Flip Flop Fleet during Missions Involvement Weekend. Check it out:

Thanks, guys!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Profile and Publicity!

Jennifer, a Flip Flop Friend over at katieminmin did a really nice post on the Flip Flop Fleet!

Thank you Jennifer! Let me know when you are at your number and we will see where your shoes should go! We appreciate the publicity and are excited about your friends getting involved, too!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

You Can Keep Shipping!!

I got word from Cathie over at C3 Missions that they needed a second semi container for supplies for Haiti! What a good problem to have! There is a team in Haiti right now and they took some of our shoes, but the rest are on the semi.

If you want to ship your shoes, please ship (as soon as you can for the semi) to:

C3 Missions International
Attn: Cathie Simpson
3000 NW 50th Street
Kansas City, MO 64150

Don't forget, if you use the services of a UPS store, it is trackable, there is free insurance (up to $100), and explain to the owner that you are shipping shoes to an organization that is providing relief for the victims of flooding in Haiti. They may give you a discount on the shipping.

There are teams going down to Haiti in November, too, so you can ship for that group, too, if you aren't ready yet. Once again, if you want to hold on to them for now, you are welcome to do so and we will work to hook you up with a local church or group in your area traveling to a country in need.

I have said it before, but I am thrilled that we can help in some tangible way. Imagine not owning even ONE pair of shoes. We have so much, don't we? Let's remember our blessings!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

More Blessings!

It is interesting...things got a little quiet for a few weeks and then all of a sudden I have had five emails in two days with 157 more pairs of shoes coming in! Some of the stores where success has been found recently are: Shopko, Walmart, JoAnn Fabrics and Target. I just saw on Old that they have a few select colors of flip flops on clearance for .99 each. If you have found discounted or clearanced flips, crocs, and sandals at other stores, please leave a comment. When I found some nice boys' slip on sandals tonight at Wal-mart in Madison, WI, a woman asked me what all the shoes were for. I told her and she said, "God's going to bless you," and I said, "He already has!"

Friday, October 10, 2008

WOOHOO!!! Over 1000 Pairs!!!

Megan from Redlands, CA, is the Flip Flopper who pushed our total over 1000 pairs! Thanks Megan and YAY!! She has connections with Mozambique and Mexico, too! :) We have collected 1015 pairs in 33 days!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

We Need Ya Baby!

We are 23 pairs of shoes away from 1000 pairs!! Come on, wouldn't YOU like to be the one to put the flip-flop-o-meter over the edge?

Don't forget to check thrift stores for quality, gently used tennies, sandals and flips. I have found quite a few brand new flips here, too (my only summer-shoe option now that it is FALL in MINNESOTA).

Several shipments have been sent to C3 Missions in Kansas City, where they are filling a semi with supplies for Haiti flood victims. The Fleet has had shipments from Minnesota, Florida, California and Nebraska. If you are still planning on shipping shoes, click here to see what we need ya to do. Please try to have your package to C3 by October 15th.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Profile on...South Suburban Evangelical Free Church, Women's Bible Study

This is my friend Margie. We have been friends for 26 years (yipes!) She and I are "lifers" which means that we have been friends for so long that we will always be friends - we joke that we will live in the same retirement complex someday!
Margie, who has recently agreed to be one of our board members, took the Flip Flop Fleet idea to her Bible study group at her church. This is the first time that they have completed a service project together. The goal was 50 pairs of shoes by December, and in a few short weeks they have collected 84 pairs of shoes! By OCTOBER.
Here is the Women's Bible Study group from South Suburban Evangelical Free Church in Apple Valley, MN. YAY LADIES! THANK YOU!!
This wasn't enough for them, though! They have now taken the idea to their entire church.

The topic of their study is "Bearing Fruit in God's Family" and they thought it would be great to exemplify what it means to bear fruit by identifying ourselveswith Christ and caring about what He cares about - People! Hebrews 10:24

Margie says it so well here..."Haiti's needs go way beyond 'shoes' but this tangible, needed gift will wonderfully reflect the love of God to these children'.

The Fleet is a MONTH old Today!

And look how much we have been blessed!! 888 pairs of shoes collected and 434 pairs shipped! God is good!