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Mindy H.
I applaud Oprah for being such a remarkable advocate for women and children. She truly has inspired others to take up such causes. I want to tell you about a part of the world that is dear to my heart: The Republic of the Marshall Islands. We adopted our first child from the RMI in 1997. This year, we started Soul to Sole, to send shoes to Majuro, the capital. The MI Basketball Federation has formed girls' basketball teams to help keep kids off the street and to help promote self-confidence. To date, we have sent 11 boxes (244 pairs of shoes and 312 pairs of socks).

So far, distributions in Majuro has been made to seven schools and one agency that helps needy women and children. We just printed a wonderful year-end newsletter with photos of the girls holding shoes! We also inspired the FIBA Oceania group in Australia to begin a similar project. They asked our permission to use the same name. I plan on continuing this project for years to come. I would like to see it eventually become a nonprofit organization.

I didn't used to think I could make much of a difference in the world. God has shown me it only takes one life to touch another, which does make a difference. I am thankful for Oprah's efforts worldwide to empower women. I am happy to be a part of that spirit on a much smaller scale.

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