Share-A-Pair, a project to get shoes to Armenia’s children, needs your help!
Sept. 15, 2011 - Students deliver shoes to orphanage.
When we lived in Armenia, and in later visits, we saw the difficult conditions orphan and extremely poor children live in. We decided to dedicate our time and effort to helping Armenia’s children by trying to fill the important need for shoes. While having one extra pair of shoes for us here in the U.S. doesn’t mean much, a pair of new shoes for an orphan or a very poor child in Armenia is very valued. Please consider helping us help these children.
Armenia is a developing country that is struggling economically. More than 1,200 Orphans live in 15 orphanages throughout Armenia. While these facilities provide for the children’s basic needs, they cannot keep up with the ongoing needs for shoes for all the children. In addition, several orphanages house children with disabilities, who walk with difficulty and wear through shoes very quickly.
The goal of raising $10,000, which will provide more than 1,000 quality shoes for children, will hopefully be reached with the help of friends and supporters around the country. Soon after Share-a-Pair, a project of The Paros Foundation, started formally, chapters in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Detroit, Michigan joined the effort in Los Angeles and the South Bay area. We hope to reach our goal and deliver these shoes to both children in the orphanages and other children in need in the summer of 2011.
Share-a-pair is able to purchase one quality pair of shoes for $10. Donations are welcomed in any amount. 100% of the proceeds will be spent buying new shoes. Donations of new practical shoes in all sizes are also appreciated and welcomed. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Thank you to the following 2011 sponsors for their support of this project:
Mr. & Mrs. Ken Norian; CA, USA
Ms. Arsineh Kizirian; CA, USA
Ms. Laura Jacobson; MI, USA
Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Kroha; CA, USA
Mr. & Mrs. Ara Barsoumian; CA, USA
Mr. & Mrs. Richard O'Reilly; MA, USA
Mr. & Mrs. Vasken Kalaydjian; CA, USA
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Halebian; NJ, USA
Ms. Ani Shabazian; CA, USA
Mr. & Dr. Dan Carsen; AL, USA
Mr. & Mrs. Hapet Garabed; CA, USA
Ms. Lily Ring-Balian; CA, USA
Mr. & Dr. Peter Abajian; CA, USA
Mrs. Gladys Saroyan; CA, USA
Miss. Emily Barsoumian; CA, USA
Vahe Gyulnazaryan; CA, USA
Ara Soghomonian; CA, USA
Michael Hollis; CA, USA
William Dodd; CA, USA
Harout Diramerian; CA, USA
Rod Shahinian; CA, USA
Mr. & Mrs. Ohannes Yacoubian; TN, USA
Mr. & Mrs. Garbis Hagobian; NY, USA
Sevak Alexandri; CA, USA
Drs. Robert Pigeon; CA, USA
Yasmine Tateossian; London, England
Nourig Inc; CA, USA
Deacon & Mrs. Mathew Ash; Armenia
Joyce Sahyouni; CA, USA
Dr. & Mrs. Steve Boskovich; CA, USA
Mr. & Mrs. Jilber Altinok; MI, USA
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Goshtigian; CA, USA
Mr. Arthur Kashian; WI, USA
Diane Shannon; CA, USA
Mr. Mesrope Kaishian; WI, USA
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kaishian; WI, USA
Mr. & Mrs. Bob Kizirian; CA, USA
Mr. & Mrs. Kirk Shanoian; CA, USA
Mr. & Mrs. Bearj Barsoumian; CA, USA
Miss. Sofia Dilsizian; CA, USA
Miss. Nicole Sarkissian; MI, USA
Miss Dahlia Kizirian; CA, USA
Miss Vanna Kizirian; CA, USA
Beverly Heels Shoes; CA, USA
Kristen and Bridget Abajian founded share-a-pair as a direct result of their experience living in Armenia and their subsequent visits seeing the difficult conditions of many of Armenia’s needy children and orphans. Sofia Dilsizian immediately joined the effort and founded the first share-a-pair chapter in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Kristen, Bridget and Sofia have been friends since they were each three years old. All are currently high school juniors.