What Am I Doing?
I (Tim Lotz) will be going to Uganda, Africa on January 4th, 2013. Before then I am going to try to raise money for shoes for the kids in Oditel (the village I am going to) because they don't have shoes to walk to school in and there are alot of foot infections. To do this I am going to get pledges for every day I go without shoes. My goal is 100 days. But you can help too. You can make a one time donation on this page. If you don't have that much money you can donate a used pair of flip-flops (flip-flops are best because they don't wear out as fast and they fit more sizes) I will be starting on September 1st. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I have two things to say today. The first one is that Gabe, a kid from my school, came up to me and told me that he had thought about going without shoes. We talked a little and now he is also going without shoes. If your reading this Gabe, thanks for the support! The second thing I have to say is, thanks to all of you guys that donated. We have offically met our second goal. This means that every orphan in Oditel will get a pair of shoes and a Bible of their very own. From here on out we are still raising money to try to get shoes for every kid in the village (not just the orphans). I really believe that we can raise enough money to do this. Thanks for all the support everybody! (Also, I am past a quarter of the way there.)
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Hi everybody. Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I got a little lazy with the blog. It is definitely getting colder. Walking to the bus stop in the mornings makes my feet go numb, but it's still not cold enough to the point of being a problem. Hopefully it will be like last year and not snow until Christmas, but with my luck it will probably snow by Halloween. Oh well. School has been going good. I have gotten donations in my donation cup almost every day, and hopefully that continues. Next Sunday my youth pastor is going to interview me in front of the youth group, and I am going to have a "suggested donation" where if people donate at least $2 they get a wristband. (I can't say I'm selling them because of IRS tax issues.) That should raise some more money. Only 3/4ths of the way to go!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I have two great things to tell you. The first is that there is a way to donate online again. Click on the link to the left of this post and make sure to put 100 days in the drop box. The second thing is that we are half-way to our goals. That means we have enough money to buy shoes for all the orphans and bibles for half the orphans. We still need about 2000 dollars (rough estimate) to go, to buy bibles for the rest of the ophans, and to buy shoes for the rest of the kids in the village, but we are half way there!
Monday was a normal school day, and not much happened. I'm still not used to getting up early but other than that it was a good Monday. Tuesday (Day 11) I told my drum teacher, Josh about what I was doing, and when he found out I was going to Uganda with The River Church, he told me that's where his fiancee goes to church. So that was cool. Yesterday (Day 12), I went to the first Wenesday night youth group for the fall, and told them why I was bare foot so we are still raising awareness, which is always good. Today I got home and finally made that collection can that I talked about in the last post. After that I went to a meeting about National Honors Society, then went to my church to paint a shirt for Messy Olympics, and play ga-ga ball. (Messy Olympics is a thing my church does every year where the high school classes compete in alot of different messy games. I'm sure this year the Juniors are going to win!) Can't wait for that on Sunday.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sorry about not posting for awhile. The first week of school was making me tired. Anyway, not much happened in school Thursday and Friday. Some more people asked me what I was doing, and one teacher sugested that I get a donation jar to carry around in school, so people know they can donate. I'm going to make one of those this week. Saturday I went to the Night of Destruction at the Kalamazoo Speedway with my friends Andrew and Dan. I had a good time especially when they drove a limo through a camper. I had some people ask me why I was barefoot so I gave them buisness cards. My feet did get slightly cold as it got later in the night, so that made me wonder how winter is going to feel. Today I went to church and welcomed the freshmen into the youth group, it was move up Sunday so everybody moved up a grade, then I went home and had a lazy Sunday afternoon watching tv. Over all it was a pretty good first week of school and no shoes.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Today was my first full day of school, and my first day wearing shoe covers. Today went even better than yesterday. I didn't have any teachers stop me in the halls, and I had alot more kids ask what I was doing. I also had some adults ask. One of the office workers saw me in the hall and asked what I was doing so I gave her my business card. The librarian said she would want to see some pictures when I got back. And the lunch pass inspector said she would donate tomorrow. When I got home my friend invited me to the Night of Destruction at the Kalamazoo Speedway on Satuday. He even called the Speedway to make sure I could go without shoes, so that was cool. Thanks Andrew. I'll post again tomorrow.
Yesterday was the first day of school, (I'm posting this a day late) and it was okay. I was stopped by a few teachers in the halls, but after I said I got premission from the principal, and told them what it was for they seemed okay with it. I had alot of kids asking what I was doing it for, so that's good. By the end of the day it had spread among the teachers and my 7th hour teacher already knew about it when I got there. Hopefully it is spreading through the students just as fast. Anyway, after school I got an email from my principal saying it turns out they have a policy based of heath guidelines, and that I should wear shoe covers in school from now on, so that was a bummer, but I can't do anything about it, so oh well. The cool thing was when I went to go get shoe covers, the lady that checked us out asked why we were buying shoe covers and then said she had some flip-flops she wanted to donate.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Not much happened either of these days. Sunday was my first day at church, but most people already knew that I was going without shoes. Although I did have about 5 people ask me what I was doing. It was a little wierd walking out of my youth group without shoes. I almost went back thinking I had taken my flip-flops off and forgotten them, but I didn't have any to forget. Anyway, today was a lazy last day of summer. I cleaned out the car, and we had some friends over for lunch and some games. I spent most of my time after that thinking about how I have to get up early tomorrow. Hopefully tommorow will be more interesting, being the first day of school and all.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Today was the first day without shoes, and for some reason, my mom decided to change all the landscaping around my house. Did you know it is painful to use a shovel without shoes? I ended up duct taping some cardboard to the top of the shovel so it didn't hurt as much. Other than that, not much happened today. I didn't go anywhere besides my house, so tomorrow at church will be the first time without shoes in public.