A Marion County Pastor will take a mission trip to Nicaragua in December as part of "Operation Flip-Flop."
East Dale Elementary School students helped make the mission possible by donating more than 300 pairs of flip-flops to Immaculate Conception Parish.
The church put a message in the church bulletin and said the idea sky-rocketed.
Members of Immaculate Conception Parish donated more than 800 pairs alone.
"A couple of members of the church who worked here as teachers brought that idea with them to work one morning and it just flourished. I thought it was just going to be just part of the church collecting 100 or 200 flip-flops. But I have over 800 right presently at the church. There is another 300 or 400 here at East Dale. Great community service," said Father Walt Jagela, Immaculate Conception Parish.
All of the flip-flops will go to children in Nicaragua.
"They've never seen or they've maybe heard of the people in Nicaragua or the people there," Jagela said. "They've never seen them but they wanted to do something. They wanted to make a difference in the lives of other people. It does my heart good to see that."
Father Jagela said Nicaragua is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.