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Blog by Rebecca Permack | March 21st, 2013


Believe it or not, there are children who don't own a pair of shoes.

Most children living here on Burke Mountain and throughout the lower mainland never have to worry about having shoes to wear. Their only worry is which of their many pairs to wear when they head off to school or the playground.  Meanwhile, children around the world go without shoes, a basic clothing item most of us take for granted.

Meet Kelly Strongitharm, a Port Moody Insurance Broker, who would like to make a change. 

Ruben's Shoes

Kelly recently vacationed in the Dominican Republic where she had the opportunity to meet her sponsor child of seven years, Ruben.  While visiting with Ruben and his family, she was shocked to learn that he did not own a pair of shoes.  Upon her return home, an inspired Kelly started a program called Ruben's Shoes with the hopes of collecting and sending donated new or gently used shoes overseas to those less fortunate.


If you are interested in helping Kelly in her initiative, here are a few ways you can get involved:


  1. Collect your unwanted gently used shoes and drop them off at your local Ruben's Buddies location (see list below).
  2. For residents of Burke Mountain attending the Burke Mountain Easter Egg Hunt on March 29th, there will be a Ruben's Shoes pick up truck available to take donations during the event.
  3. Become one of Ruben's Buddies and help us collect shoes from your friends, family, neighbors and contacts
  4. Get your school to help us with a SHOE DRIVE
  5. Add Ruben's Shoes to your next event, function, or fundraiser and help us collect shoes and spread the word


RUBEN'S BUDDIES drop off locations:



Tangles Hair Salon - #102 - 3790 Canada Way


Langley Events Centre - #130 - 7888 200th St. (Rich Coleman, MLA office)


Engineered Bodies Strength & Conditioning - #4 - 2822 Spring St

Mint Hair Lounge - 2337 Clark St

Three Sixty Financial Group - 2227 St Johns St



Electra Health Floor - 970 Burrard St

The Mortgage Centre - 1245 West Broadway