NEWPORT BEACH — Corona del Mar resident Jerri James is asking children to do something unusual on their birthdays: Give rather than receive.
She just launched Club GoBeDo, which stands for "Go somewhere, Be a voice, Do something." James' goal is to inspire 100,000 American children to donate 100,000 pairs of shoes to orphans worldwide.
The Internet-based club has everything parents and children need to organize shoe-collection events, she said.
The website, ClubGoBeDo.com, has links for downloadable music, fliers and videos about shoe birthday parties — where the guests bring shoes in lieu of presents — and parades that celebrate giving and where donations can be collected.
Although James plans to eventually expand Club GoBeDo to other basic necessities, such as clean water, food, clothes and school supplies, she will begin by helping orphans from the toes up.
"Shoes are one of the most basic, pressing needs that [are] often ignored," James said. "One pair of shoes is a life-changing experience for [an orphan]."