A tornado destroyed the R.G. Berry Distribution center in San Angelo, TX and as a result 180,000 pairs of new shoes had to be destroyed. The shoes were undamaged but due to insurance regulations the shoes were declared not available for sale or in-country distribution.
Alan Wilson of Templeton Construction was charged with disposing of the shoes. He did not like the idea of wasting new shoes. In looking for charity organizations to donate the shoes to Wilson met Carmen Nila, a member of PaulAnn Baptist Church. The year before the church held a shoe drive for Shoes for Orphan Souls. Through the efforts of Wilson and Nila instead of being destroyed the shoes were donated to Buckner’s Shoes for Orphan Souls. Also, Wal-Mart donated the use of its trucks to transport the shoes from San Angelo to Dallas.