VALPARAISO | Kaylee Oates was all smiles when she presented 90 pairs of flip-flops to Kids Alive International in Valparaiso last week.
The 18-year-old, along with some of her friends, decorated each pair of flip-flops in a unique way and posted a note to each pair. Kids Alive will be sending the shoes all over the world to orphan girls. Kids Alive is dedicated to rescuing children around the world.
The project was part of Oates' Gold Service project for the Girl Scouts.
"We had a shoemaking party at my house, and 15 people came over and helped me," she said. "We did it all in one day. What better project than to make shoes for kids."
Oates heard about Kids Alive a few years ago during a presentation. It made such an impact on her she wanted to do something to help them, so she came up with the shoe idea.
"It is something they can use, and I made them each unique with different messages on them," Oates said.
Oates also created a pamphlet to give to Kids Alive because she would love this project to be sustainable.
Matt Parker, executive vice president of Kids Alive, said the girls will be happy to get the shoes.
"There's always a need for shoes and we really appreciate this effort," he said. "For many of these children, it will be their first pair of shoes and it will give them much pleasure and joy."
Oates is the daughter of Lisa and Jim Oates, of Chesterton.