MrBeast Donates 1000 Pairs of Shoes to Children in South Africa

MrBeast Donates 1000 Pairs of Shoes to Children in South Africa
MrBeast Donates 1000 Pairs of Shoes to Children in South Africa. Image source: Pixabay

Let’s say that you won the FairGo casino login mega bonus jackpot and you won a million dollars. After taxes at (esimating now) 40%, you would still have $600,000. Average price of a house in the United States is $430K. Add on $20K for furniture and other things for a new house, and end amount is 600-430-20=150. So you have $150K left.

When buying in bulk 20000 pairs of shoes, you can easily get a pair of shoes for $5. So we are talking about a donation of $60,000 to $100,000. Even after doing this charity and buying a “forever home” including furniture, you would still have $40K left.

Not to mention that the $100K would be considered a charity tax donation (so the end $ donation would be more like $75K).

Even for our million dollar winner example, a donation of $100,000 would be a lot of money, but it is a personal choice.

So why do some people think MrBeast donating 20,000 pairs of shoes is a bad idea?

A YouTuber MrBeast celebrity (influencer) donated 20,000 pairs of shoes to children in South Africa, so those children can physically walk to school to get an education.

MrBeast creates “feel good” videos. He likes to make videos about doing good deeds. MrBeast has been called “demonic,” the “antichrist” and a creator of “inspiration porn.” Gee … with those descriptions, it makes a casino bouncer look like Santa Claus.

Demonic – of, resembling, or characteristic of demons or evil spirits.

Antichrist – a person or force seen as opposing Christ or the Christian Church.

Inspiration porn – meant to use disabled people to make able-bodied people feel good, or reduce disabled people into objects of inspiration.

MrBeast also helped 1000 blind people see properly.

For the 1000 people who are blind … according to the doctors in the video, for the specific vision condition mentioned in the video, the technology to fix the vision problems exists.

“Over half of the people in the world’s blindness (can see, but the world is very blurry), their blindness can be fixed with a 10 minute surgery. The medical condition is that the lens on their natural eye is cloudy. They have problems with their cataracts.

The surgeon uses a tiny vacuum and sucks out the cloudy lens. Then an artificial one replaces it, and voila, the person can see again.

Some people’s attitude is “if God made that person blind, so why are we getting involved.” Really?

First of all, would anybody say the same thing about a person with a bad heart needing surgery? Or Diabetic medicine? Or prosthetic arms, legs, hearing aids, or even glasses?

I had an uncle who had this problem. It was not just “he can see out of the other eye”. He had no depth perception. I was born without depth perception, so for me, because I lost my depth perception before the age of 5, I (for the most part), can live my life fine without depth perception. But for my uncle, it was a life changer. He was never able to learn to adapt to life without depth perception. So if the technology existed today to help him then he would have definitely gotten the surgery … without a second thought. 10 years ago, that technology did not exist.

20,000 pairs of shoes

This is another one that I do not understand. We are talking about families that are so poor that their children physically cannot walk to school. So, no, they do not have mobile phones or computers or internet access in their homes.

Only once in my life have I ever met somebody who was related to somebody where that was their life story.

In 2005, I attended a homeschooling conference in NYC. One of the mothers that I met there was from a 5th generation homeschooling family. She was a 5th parent in her family to homeschool their children. This was a black woman. So first it was “no school for black children”. Then it was “no money for shoes for the children to walk to school”. Then with her it was her own choosing to homeschool with no other outside influences.

I homeschooled my kids for their elementary school grades, but will my children homeschool their children, let alone become a 5 generation homeschooling family? Probably not.

So the negative responses to this charity surprised me.

From Gamer: “The video heavily reinforces colonialist stereotypes about Africa being impoverished and backward,” adding “it looks just like old-fashioned charity tourism from where I’m standing.”

Charity tourism – trips taken to destinations for the purpose of assisting host communities by providing services that help in everyday life, or aid to disaster areas.

300 million children around the world do not own one single pair of shoes. Of the ones who do have shoes, 65% are wearing shoes that are not the right size.

In the United States, that number is zero. In the US, children may wear ill fitting shoes, worn out shoes, but at least they have a pair of shoes. Do you know who is paying for those shoes in the United States? US taxpayer dollars.

Mr. Gamer, you are very lucky to live in a country where not only have you never once in your life existed for even a day without a pair of shoes, but no children in the country live without shoes.

In the United States a public school would never turn away a child for not owning a pair of shoes. They would help to provide that child with a pair of shoes, because every child is required by law to attend school regardless of a family’s financial situation. That is the law. There is no getting around it.

But that is not the case in South Africa. Is the problem MrBeast putting a lens on a problem … the South African government is not making sure every child has a pair of shoes, so they can attend school? Or is the problem with the South African government?

We are talking about $5 every 6 months to 1 year? If there are 4 children, $20. In NYC, a cup of coffee at Starbucks costs $3 … just to put things in perspective or the cost of a Kid’s hamburger McDonald’s happy meal.

So, Mr. Gamer, you are saying “we” (society at large) should deny 20,000 children in South Africa a $5 pair of shoes, because you do not like the image of a person from the United States donating the shoes? And you think that MrBeast is the one with the problem?


Charity begins in the home. Help your own family. Help people in your own community. Then go outward from there. In the United States, there are no children who are being denied an education for not owning a $5 pair of shoes. And as for the eye surgery, he was helping people to see all over the United States and the world.