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Dr. Albert Reyes

Buckner International, based in Dallas, Texas, is a global Christian ministry that seeks to make life better for orphans, vulnerable children and families in the United States and around the world. Established in 1879, Buckner is one of the largest social service agencies of its kind and serves more than 400,000 people each year in more than 18 countries.

Buckner focuses on providing holistic services through:

* Family programs: foster care, adoption, residential care and transition programs

* Empowerment programs: self-sufficiency programs, education and job readiness training

* Community programs: after-school programs, counseling, apartment ministries, transformation centers

* Aid and support: global humanitarian aid, medical clinics, short-term missions support and Shoes for Orphan Souls®

Shoes for Orphan Souls is Buckner’s largest humanitarian aid effort. Since 1999, Buckner has sent more than 2 million pairs of shoes to children in 69 countries around the world. Each year, hundreds of volunteers also travel with Buckner to distribute shoes and provide much-needed support through short-term mission trips.