Three hundred and fifty pairs of new shoes recently were donated to local children from non-gaming native tribes by students at Escondido Christian School, a preschool-12th grade private school that celebrates 70 years in the community next year.
A relative of one the school’s preschool teachers heard about a little girl on a reservation who committed suicide because of her lack of decent shoes. Jackie was a warrior and evangelist for Christ who was never afraid of spreading the Gospel to anyone she met. Her heart ached for that little girl and she wished she could do something to help but, she was close to dying from a terminal disease.
Along with the preschool assistant director Kim Rodriguez and her husband Ruben, who is the school’s high school director, the shoe drive was born. Ruben rides with the Rez Riders IMC (Indian Motorcycle Club) and he got the idea to partner with the bikers, who came to the campus on Friday, February 10 along with another biker club, Native Descendants IMC to collect the shoes and deliver them to local non-gaming reservations.
One of the Rez Rider club members “Junior” who is a pastor at Generations Church in Temecula gave a brief message of hope to the 425 students from preschool-high school before the bikers rode off with the shoes. The school has decided to hold the shoe drive annually and honor Jackie’s heart for hurting people by naming the shoe drive “Jackie’s Shoe Drive” in the years to come.