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Clackamas nonprofit delivers special shoes to Liberian orphans

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CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

Thirty-eight Liberian orphans have special new shoes that will last years, thanks to a Clackamas nonprofit.

Hope Teams International Executive Director Cindy Larvick said Thursday she recently hand-delivered 50 pairs of The Shoe That Grows sandals to orphaned children living at the World Heritage Christian Home in Liberia.

"When you walk in that room you don't see possessions,” Larvick said. “So just having their own special shoe -- it's so precious to see that."

The shoes, which were designed in the Portland-area, are built to grow along with children. They can be adjusted up to five sizes bigger.

Larvick had met many of the children before when she visited the orphanage in 2014. She wasn’t able to travel to Liberia last year because of the Ebola outbreak. She said that disease, as well as AIDS and the aftermath of civil war, have left many children in the country homeless.

For Larvick, the stories are always heartbreaking – but she said she’s inspired by the children’s resilience.

"You just fall in love with them and they're so happy,” Larvick said.

Hope Teams International also raised more than $10,000 to purchase the children bunk-beds. Larvick said before the beds, the children shared mats on the floor of the orphanage.

To learn more about the organization and how you can help, visit HopeTeams.org

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