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Samaritan’s Feet Gives New Shoes to Preschoolers

KDLT (February, 2017)—Six classes of preschoolers at Anne Sullivan Elementary went home with a new pair of shoes and socks today. Around 70 pairs of shoes were given out to students by the organization Samaritan’s Feet. Each child picked out what shoes they wanted, after that volunteers washed their feet and helped them put on their socks and try on their shoes. The kids then went back to class with their new shoes but also kept their original ones. [read more]

CIAA, Coca-Cola Help Samaritan’s Feet Give Shoes to CMS Students

WBTV (February, 2017)—More than 700 Merry Oaks Elementary students received brand new shoes at a shoe distribution event hosted by Samaritan’s Feet. Volunteers with Coca-Cola and the CIAA spent time with each student by washing their feet and placing a new pair of socks and shoes on them. Manny Ohonme, the president and CEO of Samaritan’s Feet says the CIAA asked the organization what it could do to help lift its footprint and imprint love and compassion in the community. [read more]

CIAA Partners with Samaritan’s Feet to Put Shoes on Students

WCNC (February, 2017)—Students often get a list of items they need for school each year. However, according to Champions for Kids, it’s often forgotten that shoes and socks are among the top five items needed as well. 2.2 billion of the world’s population live in poverty and cannot afford shoes, including some in the Charlotte community. Samaritan’s Feet is partnering with the CIAA Friday to help. [read more]

Coaches Going Barefoot for Samaritan’s Feet

GoJacks.com (February, 2017)—Wednesday night’s men’s basketball game between South Dakota State and IUPUI features a special twist as head coaches T.J. Otzelberger and Jason Gardner will coach barefoot to draw awareness to the need for shoes both here in the U.S. and around the world as part of the annual Samaritan’s Feet game at Frost Arena. “SDSU and Samaritan’s Feet have built a great relationship and we’re excited to continue the tradition,” head coach T.J. Otzelberger said. “Myself and coach Gardner are looking forward this humbling experience and the opportunity to make an impact on the world around us.” [read more]

UMary Athletes Run to Give Back During Samaritan’s Feet Shoe Drive

KFYR (February, 2017)—The athletes at the University of Mary are not only busy on the court, field, or track, but also in the community. They have contributed to a number of community events, and on Sunday evening they worked at the Samaritans Feet shoe drivefor the second year in a row, a charity that gives back to children that don’t have as much as we do. Joe Kittell, U-Mary Men’s Basketball Coach: “There’s a lot of kids in need of just a little hope and a pair of shoes,” says Joe Kittell, Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball Team. [read more]

Marauders Basketball Coaching Shoeless for Samaritan’s Feet on Friday

GoUMary.com (February, 2017)—In a sport where the sartorial stylings of the head coach is on constant display during games, what University of Mary basketball coaches Rick Neumann and Joe Kittell are doing this weekend almost seems out of place, until you know the reason why. To raise awareness for those who may not have shoes, Neumann and Kittell will coach barefoot for Samaritan’s Feet Night on Friday, Feb. 10, when St. Cloud State University visits the McDowell Activity Center. [read more]

Augusta Students Wash Feet and Hand Out Shoes for MLK Challenge

Keloland (February, 2017)—More people in KELOALAND are walking around with new shoes on their feet thanks to college students in Sioux Falls. For the third year, Augustana students took part in the MLK Challenge to serve the community. People of all ages arrived at the Banquet in Sioux Falls Saturday afternoon, and some of them left with something new. Augustana University partnered with Samaritan’s Feet International for the School’s MLK Challenge. [read more]

Wright State Coach Makes Fashion Statement

My Dayton Daily News (February, 2017)—With 50 seconds left in the first half Friday night, Detroit point guard Jarod Williams drove the lane and scored easily in front of two Wright State defenders who stood flat-footed. In front of the WSU bench, Scott Nagy jumped up and yelled to the Raiders, who didn’t seem to hear him as they ran to the far court and botched a play. [read more]

Women’s Hoops Hosts Samaritan’s Feet Game

Seminoles.com (February, 2017)—The No. 5/4 Florida State Women’s Basketball team (22-2, 10-1) plays for a bigger cause on Thursday night at 7 p.m. with its seventh Samaritan’s Feet game hosted at the Donald L. Tucker Center against Wake Forest. FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau and Wake Forest (14-9, 5-5) head coach Jen Hoover will both coach barefoot to help raise awareness for those who don’t have access to basic articles of clothing such as shoes. [read more]

Football and Men’s Basketball Team Up with Samaritan’s Feet

Hanover College (February, 2017)—The Hanover football and men’s basketball teams have assembled with Samaritan’s Feet to raise awareness for impoverished children suffering from foot borne illnesses. Samaritan’s Feet is a non-profit organization founded by Manny Ohonme and his wife Tracie in 2003. The goal of the organization is to provide hope to impoverished children through the gift of shoes, washing their feet, and giving them positive encouragement. [read more]

ETBU Coaches to ‘Go Bare Footed’ This Week

Your East Texas (January, 2017)—East Texas will be affected by bare feet this weekend as the East Texas Baptist University, the University of Texas Tyler, and LeTourneau University men’s and women’s basketball coaches participate in a Samaritan’s Feet fundraiser. In rivalry week for East Texas, these programs have come together to help ETBU raise funds for elementary school children in Marshall, Texas, to gain new shoes and socks. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Announces Four New Members to Board of Directors

Charlotte, NC (January, 2017)—Samaritan’s Feet International is pleased to announce that Jay Hein, Kevin Henry, Rob Johnston, and Anne Neilson have been elected to serve on the SFI Board of Directors. These four new board members join six other Board members. Hein, Henry, Johnston, and Neilson all bring a unique set of professional backgrounds and personal experience to the Board of Directors. [read more]

Georgia Tech Forward’s Compassion Inspires Shoe Drive

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (January, 2017)—They call her Auntie Elo, and they rarely stop trying to reach her. Georgia Tech forward Elo Edeferioka once was one of them, a youth in Warri, Nigeria, wanting a pair of basketball shoes but unable to afford them. “They send me messages on Facebook and Instagram, direct messages and stuff like that,” she said. They reach out because Edeferioka, a junior, has blessed them with her thoughtfulness. In her returns home to Nigeria from the U.S. over the summer, she has made a practice of bringing her own sneakers and those of teammates to share with young players at the basketball academy where she learned the game. [read more]

FirstService Residential Partners with Samaritan’s Feet

PR Web (January, 2017)—FirstService Residential (Ontario), Ontario’s leading residential property management company, is proud to announce a month-long fundraising campaign beginning Monday, January 23rd, supporting Samaritan’s Feet in providing new shoes to disadvantaged children in the Jane-Finch community. Samaritan’s Feet is a global non-profit humanitarian relief organization working to end poverty. FirstService Residential and Samaritan’s Feet are committed to the development of vibrant and caring communities in the Greater Toronto Area. [read more]

Winning with New Shoes and Foot Washing

The Cabin (January, 2017)—The competitive juices started flowing Sunday on a call to service. Pre-K and elementary school students in Conway had their feet washed and received new shoes for the first time during a special Sunday at the Farris Center. The athletes for the four-hour process on Samaritan’s Feet Day represented every sport at the University of Central Arkansas. Some served as runners to match the right style and size of shoes for the right youngster. Others gave out backpacks. [read more]

UCA Athletes Host Samaritan’s Feet Event

Arkansas Matters (January, 2017)—University of Central Arkansas student-athletes took some time to help others Sunday afternoon. The UCA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted a shoe distribution event in conjunction with Samaritan’s Feet. Organizers say approximately 500 individuals from Conway and Faulkner County received shoes Sunday at the Farris Center. UCA has been involved with Samaritan’s Feet for the past five years. [read more]

Wright State Coach Makes Fashion Statement

My Dayton Daily News (January, 2017)—With 50 seconds left in the first half Friday night, Detroit point guard Jarod Williams drove the lane and scored easily in front of two Wright State defenders who stood flat-footed. In front of the WSU bench, Scott Nagy jumped up and yelled to the Raiders, who didn’t seem to hear him as they ran to the far court and botched a play. [read more]

New Shoes in Joanna

My Clinton News (January, 2017)—The multi-purpose room at Joanna-Woodson Elementary School was a sea of orange this morning. Volunteers from Walmart stores, the distribution center and transportation office in Laurens County partnered with Samaritan’s Feet, Joanna-Woodson and District 56 to bring new shoes to children in all grades. Walmart volunteers washed the children’s feet, put on their new socks and fitted the children with new tennis shoes. [read more]

EKU Baseball Team Partners with Samaritan’s Feet

Richmond Register (January, 2017)—EKU baseball coach Edwin Thompson helps organize a community service project for his team each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In 2016, the Colonels volunteered with Habit For Humanity. On Monday, they spent time working with another charitable organization that is making a difference in the community. The baseball team partnered with Samaritan’s Feet to provide shoes to more than 150 Madison County children. [read more]

‘Barefoot Games’ to Be Held on WCU Campus

Reno Gazette Journal (January, 2017)—Western Carolina University will host fun competition for the first-ever “Barefoot Games” on campus Saturday, April 23, to raise awareness and funds for Samaritan’s Feet, a global humanitarian aid organization. The games, open to WCU students, will consist of an ultimate Frisbee tournament and a 500 meter relay, with entrants required to go barefoot. Competition starts at 11 a.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex. [read more]

Nevada to Hold Annual Samaritan’s Feet Game Saturday

Reno Gazette Journal (January, 2017)—The Nevada women’s basketball team will hold its annual Samaritan’s Feet game on Saturday when the Wolf Pack takes on the New Mexico Lobos at 4 p.m. in Lawlor Events Center. Samaritan’s Feet is an organization dedicated to serving and inspiring hope in children by providing shoes as the foundation to a healthy life, resulting in the advancement of education and economic opportunities. [read more]

Salisbury Community Foundation Awards $208,500 in Grants

Salisbury Post (December, 2016)—The Salisbury Community Foundation recently distributed grants totaling $208,500 to local nonprofits. The grants were made possible in part by a partnership with the city of Salisbury, as well as special grants from Duke Energy, Rowan Arts Council and the Salisbury-Rowan County Convention and Visitors Bureau. [read more]

Organizations Offering Free Dinner, Shoes for Kids on Christmas

WBTW (December, 2016)—Cindra Marshall and Elena Nichols joined News13 Now at 9 a.m. Friday to talk about free Christmas dinners and free shoes for kids being offered on Christmas weekend. The Samaritan’s Feet organization will provide a new pair of well-fitted shoes to children at the St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church on Christmas day from noon to 2 p.m. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic Teams and Schedule Announced

ESPN 991 (December, 2016)—The Sanford Pentagon is getting ready to host 16 teams on New Years Eve as part of the second annual Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic. Four teams from Sioux Falls will participate in the Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic, and all will play in the last three games of the night. The event will feature seven boys games and one girls contest. Seven of the eight teams are from South Dakota. One team from Minnesota will participate. [read more]

Local Churches Partner with Samaritan’s Feet for Shoe Distribution

Fox 6 (December, 2016)—Two locals churches are teaming up with an international charity to help children right on the Gulf Coast. Samaritan’s Feet provides new shoes and socks to people around the world. The organization is partnering with City Hope Church and Walls of Salvation Ministries to help families in need who live in Prichard, and the surrounding areas. [read more]

Local Faith Leaders Wash Each Others Feet

Fox 46 (November, 2016)—City Council and Mayor Roberts presented Samaritan’s Feet with a proclamation making December 10th ‘Reconcile Charlotte Day.’ Efforts to reconcile the city started Tuesday. Local faith leaders showed service by washing each other’s feet and tell Fox46 Charlotte is not just about one day, it’s a larger campaign to unite the city. [read more]

Volunteers Put Best Foot Forward

The Stanly News & Press (November, 2016)—Aside from pediatrists, shoe-store employees and pedicurists, most people don’t spend much time thinking about feet. That is, until something happens. Whether they get cold or tired or blistered or cramped, feet demand a lot of attention when they are not happy. [read more]

Walmart Employees Participate in Samaritan’s Feet

Record Herald (November, 2016)—On Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Fayette County YMCA, several volunteers from Walmart alongside members of Samaritan’s Feet were able to put shoes on roughly 250 people, with another 40 getting custom order shoes. What a blessing to make such a difference in our community. [read more]

Caring Soles

Salisbury Post (November, 2016)—The Bible says that Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. It was a sign of great humility and love. Those were the only reasons the people of World Hope Church in Salisbury needed as they prepared to wash the feet of guests of the Rowan Helping Ministries shelter. About a dozen volunteers assembled at the shelter Saturday to present guests with shoes and socks and of course wash their feet, if they chose. [read more]

Catamounts Walk Barefoot to Raise Awareness

Western Carolina Journalist (October, 2016)—Western Carolina students took off their shoes and walked for the poor of the world. The Catamount Walkabout, sponsored by Samaritan’s Feet and the Center for Service Learning, allowed students to participate and gain an understanding of what impoverished people go through each day. [read more]

Key Event ‘One of the Best’

Devils Lake Journal (October, 2016)—It was the most colorful Lake Region State College Foundation Key Events ever as residents of the Lake Region gathered Friday evening in a “Royal Blue Hawaiian” celebration. There were colorful Hawaiian shirts, mumus, leis, grass skirts, tropical birds, palm trees and even coconut bowling. The Devils Lake Memorial Building was transformed into a tropical paradise to raise funds for scholarships and programs at LRSC. [read more]

Lake Region State Basketball Player Leads Nonprofit in Washing Feet, Giving Footwear

Grand Forks Herald (October, 2016)—Two basketball shots changed Emmanuel Ohonme’s life and in turn, the lives of millions of children living in poverty worldwide. He laughed as he recalled the story of how he won his first pair of shoes as a 9-year-old boy during a basketball contest while living in Nigeria. “To win a pair of tennis shoes was like a car,” he said with a smile. “That day I became the first person not just in my family but in my community to own a pair of tennis shoes.” [read more]

CSC Volleyball to Host Barefoot for Bare Feet Shoe Drive

Hero Sports (October, 2016)—The Chadron State College Eagles will be hosting the Barefoot for Barefeet Shoe Drive, in conjunction with Samaritan’s Feet, in order to raise awareness for those who go without shoes in less privileged areas. Starting on Oct. 24, there will be a box located in the Chicoine Center lobby to drop off fairly used or brand new athletic shoes, such as running shoes, cross trainers, or volleyball shoes. The shoes can be any size. [read more]

Saving Souls by Helping Soles

Bossier Press (October, 2016)—More than 30 years ago, a young Nigerian boy named Manny received his first pair of shoes. It changed his life, because even more important than that pair of shoes was the gift of encouragement he received from a good samaritan. He was inspired to believe in his dreams, reach for the sky and never give up. This simple act is the inspiration behind the international organization Samaritan’s Feet and Bossier’s own Simple Church is following their example. [read more]

Charity Founder to be on LRSC This Week

Devils Lake Journal (October, 2016)—Samaritans Feet founder, Emmanuel Ohonme will be on campus this Thursday, October 20 in the Student Union for a signing of his book Sole Purpose from 4:30 – 6 p.m. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Manny’s book to be signed, the bookstore has it for sale for $19.95. He also will hold a community chat starting at 7 p.m. in the LRSC Dining Room. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Gives Hundreds of Kids Free Shoes

ArkLaTex (October, 2016)—Jarvis McHenry was one of hundreds at Bossier Elementary to take part in Samaritan’s Feet. “It’s an opportunity for our adults to serve these kids by washing their feet,” says Bryan Reed, Simple Church Community Pastor. The Simple Church started the service 12-years-ago, to bring light to children’s lives. “A lot of these kids may not have waken up this morning with a smile on their face,” says Reed. [read more]

Partnering with Samaritan’s Feet

KLRC (October, 2016)—Shoes. Something most of us take for granted every day. Something that in my house can honestly be a nuisance. The fact is, I don’t have enough room in my closet for all of my shoes. And then there’s the size 12 sneakers my 16 year old boy leaves laying around the house that I trip over at least a few times a day. [read more]

Children Get New Pairs of Shoes

Fox 7 (October, 2016)—Kids at Pecan Springs Elementary in Austin, TX got a special gift over the weekend through Samaritan’s Feet and Movement Mortgage. [read more]

Students Run Event to Help Kids Get New Shoes

WSOC (October, 2016)—A Butler High School student’s project on the importance of shoes in our culture now has him on a mission to collect shoes for children around the world. The teens are organizing a 5K race to raise money for a program and collect shoes for children in poverty around the world. Matt Dundorf came up with the idea with help from Joshua Marshman,who coordinates the Youth Ambassador Program for Samaritan’s Feet. [read more]

Econo Times (September, 2016)—On September 24, 2016, Baltimore Equip to Achieve will host a special back-to-school event to prepare and enrich Baltimore scholars. Sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (NASDAQ:COKE) with support from the Baltimore City School System, Samaritan’s Feet and Mount Calvary AME Church, the Baltimore Equip to Achieve Program will distribute shoes, backpacks and other school supplies to local students. [read more]

MSJ Sports (September, 2016)—For the past four years the Mount Football team has hosted a Samaritan’s feet home football game. Samaritan’s feet is a nonprofit organization who joined forces with the MSJ football team afterI returned from a mission trip to Africa and was stunned by the amount of children who live their daily lives without shoes or socks. [read more]

Rhythm Systems (September, 2016)—I am so excited for this year’s Breakthrough Conference! As a new team member and a perpetual volunteer, I am thrilled we are teaming up with Samaritan’s Feet. Samaritan’s Feet donates shoes to underprivileged children in the developing world. It all started with Manny Ohonme. Manny’s story began in Nigeria, where he won a free pair of shoes from a missionary. The gift propelled him to earn a full basketball scholarship to the US. [read more]

Smith Mountain Eagle (September, 2016)—The Smith Mountain Lake area’s second annual Barefoot Walk fundraiser to purchase shoes for children of clients served by the Agape Center will take place Oct. 8 beginning at 3 p.m. on the Tuck Farm, 1361 Tuck Rd. in Moneta (off White House Rd., with the three crosses). [read more]

The News Journal (August, 2016)—Thanks to the efforts of more than 400 student volunteers from the University of the Cumberlands Tuesday morning, about 500 elementary school students from four local schools got a new pair of free shoes, new socks and a new backpack full of school supplies. Tuesday was the fifth year for the ‘Shoes 4 the Soul’ (formerly Barefoot for Barefeet) event at University of the Cumberlands, which took place over the course of three hours in the O. Wayne Rollins Center. [read more]

Northland College Athletics (August, 2016)—Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Northland College, Daryle Tucker is excited to share about an opportunity that he thinks will greatly impact the entire community of Ashland! A message from Coach Tucker: I feel, that as coaches, we have a responsibility to bring change on and off the court. Basketball is an avenue where we can create social change and be ambassadors to give hope. [read more]

MLive (August, 2016)—More than 300 people turned out Thursday for a back-to-school event that focuses on helping schoolchildren have shoes for the upcoming school year. More than 200 pairs of shoes were distributed for free to kids during the annual Back to School Bash at the Muskegon Heights Housing Commission. This was the second year for the free shoe giveaway orchestrated by the Housing Commission and Samaritan’s Feet, an international volunteer effort that gives away free footwear to people in need. [read more]

Devils Lake Journal (August, 2016)—The Lake Region State College Royals athletic department and its student athletes worked with Samaritans Feet International to distribute over 300 pairs of shoes as part of the organization’s “back to school” initiative. The students that were helped were in grades K-12. The event took place out at the Fort Totten Recreation Center with 70 plus student athletes from LRSC and local community members volunteering their time to help. [read more]

Lovely County Citizen (August, 2016)—The Eureka Springs High School Rotary Interact Club joined forces with Samaritan’s Feet to provide shoes for students throughout the community on Saturday. Eureka Springs Rotary Club member Michele Gann reported Monday that 210 people left the event with a new pair of shoes. Joanie Kratzer, rotary interact advisor, pointed out that some parents even got in on the action. [read more]

WDAM (August, 2016)—A humanitarian gesture spreading hope and love was shared with Hazlehurst students Tuesday. Samaritan’s Feet International partnered with Walmart and school employees to give away new shoes to young children in the district. “It’s a blessing for the whole community,” said Hazlehurst grandparent Pearlie Love. [read more]

WXII (July, 2016)—Carolina Crown along Samaritan’s Feet and United Way distributed new shoes and socks at three elementary schools in Winston-Salem on Saturday. [read more]

Winston-Salem Journal (July, 2016)—In an effort to spread their message of hope, Carolina Crown partnered with local nonprofit groups to help more than 1,000 kids in Winston-Salem put their best feet forward. With United Way of Forsyth County, Love Out Loud WS and Samaritan’s Feet, students from Kimberley Park and Easton elementary schools and Ashley Academy received new socks, shoes and school supplies. [read more]

Panthers head to Dominic Republic with Samaritan’s Feet

Georgia State Sports (July, 2016)—Following nearly two months of summer basketball instruction, Georgia State will travel to the Dominican Republic on Sunday for an eight-day international tour that will include three shoe distributions with Samaritan’s Feet. It will be the third trip of this nature in the last five summers for the program and the second time in which the team will not play games. [read more]

Western Carolina (July, 2016)—Western Carolina University’s ongoing collaboration with Samaritan’s Feet, a humanitarian group dedicated to distributing shoes to impoverished communities around the world, recently took five students to South Africa for a first-hand service-learning experience. The trip to Cape Town and surrounding villages was led by Lane Perry, director of WCU’s Center for Service Learning, for 12 days in June. [read more]

Movement.com (July, 2016)—Movement Mortgage employees have raised enough money for more than 2,100 shoes and socks for children in need as part of an ongoing ambitious campaign. And there’s still time to donate. Seeking to make a sizable impact in the communities where it exists, Movement has partnered with Samaritan’s Feet, a nonprofit that provides shoes for children living in poverty, to distribute life, light and hope to thousands of children across the United States. [read more]

The Olympian (July, 2016)—Jonathan Stewart loves coming home to the comfortable weather that Washington provides in the offseason. But the Carolina Panthers running back, along with a crop of teammates, comes home to do seemingly everything but relax. Stewart, who attended Timberline High School and the University of Oregon, brought 14 NFL companions to wash the feet and provide shoes to roughly 400 people in need at the Shoes of Hope on Thursday in Olympia — his fifth consecutive year of sponsoring and participating in the event. [read more]

The News Tribune (July, 2016)—Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart – a Timberline High graduate – returns to downtown Olympia for his annual Samaritan’s Feet shoe giveaway. [read more]

WVIC (June, 2016)—Thousands of children from the Charleston community were invited to Buist Academy on Saturday to have their feet washed and get a new pair of shoes. The event was part of the Emanuel 9 remembrance, and although simple, it’s impact was profound. “I want to tell you that I am so proud to wash your feet today,” Rose Simmons, the daughter of Emanuel 9 victim Rev. Daniel Simmons, Sr., told a young Charleston girl as she washed her feet and slipped on a new pair of shoes. [read more]

KEVN TV (June, 2016)—A pair of shoes is something most take for granted but to some, a new pair of shoes can mean the world. Volunteers washed the individuals’ feet and helped them find the perfect fitting pair of new shoes and socks. Samaritan’s Feet along with Fountain Springs Church provided over 300 pairs of shoes to those in need at the Hope Center Thursday. [read more]

KOTA TV (June, 2016)—The concept of ‘hope’ comes in many different shapes and sizes—but today it came in the form of ‘shoes.’ For Beverley Gutierrez a pair of shoes is more than a fashion statement. “People don’t realize that our feet are very important, for a lot of us our feet are our transportation,” Beverly Guiterrez, a shoe recipient, said. And, for Guiterrez getting a new pair of shoes opens up a handful of possibilities. [read more]

Globe Newsire (June, 2016)—On June 17, 2015, the Mother Emanuel AME Church and the city of Charleston, South Carolina were devastated by a horrible act of violence that took the lives of nine parishioners and seriously injured five others. As the one-year anniversary of the tragedy approaches, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (Nasdaq:COKE) (CCBCC) has partnered with the Mother Emanuel AME Church and Samaritan’s Feet, in hosting the Charleston 9 Inaugural Celebration – a Day of Service and Healing, on Saturday, June 18, 2016. [read more]

San Diego Tribune (June, 2016)—A simple gesture left many people overwhelmed with emotions at the San Diego Rescue Mission on Friday morning when a team of volunteers knelt before residents in recovery programs to wash their feet. “It was an amazing experience,” said Yvonne Jackson, 54, who has been a resident in the downtown mission’s year-long recovery program since April 16. [read more]

WBNS-10TV (May, 2016)—Students at West Franklin Elementary in South-Western City Schools got a big surprise today when Samaritan’s Feet paid them a visit. Samaritan’s Feet is the organization with a global goal: No shoeless children. So far it’s put shoes and socks on the feet of 6.5 million kids in need. Principal Dawn Lauridsen said so many children at West Franklin fit that profile. [read more]

Transy Athletics (May, 2016)—In partnership with the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and Samaritan’s Feet, members of the Transylvania men’s basketball program will team up to serve in a shoe distribution event on Thursday, May 5 at the Deer Park schools. Samaritan’s Feet International is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide 10 million impoverished children with 10 million shoes in a 10-year span. [read more]

The Reporter (April, 2016)—Western Carolina University will host fun competition for the first-ever “Barefoot Games” on campus Saturday, April 23, to raise awareness and funds for Samaritan’s Feet, a global humanitarian aid organization.The games, open to WCU students, will consist of an ultimate Frisbee tournament and a 500 meter relay, with entrants required to go barefoot. Competition starts at 11 a.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex. [read more]

Charlotte Observer (April, 2016)—Samaritan’s Feet International has named North Dakota head men’s basketball coach Brian Jones its 2016 Barefoot Coach of the Year for his dedication to the nonprofit group that provides shoes to impoverished children. Jones will be presented with the award at the Legends of Hardwood Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in conjunction with the Final Four. [read more]

Charlotte, NC (April, 2016)—Samaritan’s Feet International proudly announces that Brian Jones, Head Men’s Basketball Coach for the University of North Dakota, has been selected as the 2016 “Barefoot Coach of the Year.” Jones will be presented with the award at the Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2 at George R. Brown Convention Center. [read more]

Houston Chronicle (March, 2016)—A basketball, a pair of sneakers and the generosity of one missionary changed Emmanuel Ohonme’s life – and now he is trying to do the same for those in need of shoes during the frenzy over the NCAA Final Four Championship weekend in Houston. Ohonme’s non-profit organization, Samaritan’s Feet, and its partners around the city are using the Final Four as a backdrop to provide shoes for 2,016 children and adults as it has for some years. [read more]

Charlotte, NC (March, 2016)—Samaritan’s Feet International is serving 2,016 individuals with a new pair of shoes and socks through two events in the Houston, TX area, the host city of the 2016 Men’s Final Four Championship. An estimated 35% of children in Houston live in poverty, or about 194,000 children (National Kids Count, 2014). [read more]

Highground News (March, 2016)—When Tony Allen steps to the microphone on March 29 to sing karaoke, it won’t be because he’s a closeted fan of singing songs that are best left to solo drives in a car or the shower. Sure, he possibly enjoys looking a little silly singing on a stage. But more than the karaoke, the Memphis Grizzlies guard participates in and hosts “Tony Allen Karaoke Night” benefiting Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow-Up (JIFF) as a way to give back to the community and put a few smiles on the face of everyone in attendance. [read more]

Charlotte, NC (March, 2016)—Samaritan’s Feet International is serving 2,016 individuals with a new pair of shoes and socks through five events in the Indianapolis, IN area, the host city of the 2016 Women’s Final Four Championship. The Lids Foundation and Walmart made these events possible. An estimated 33% of children in Indianapolis live in poverty, or about 68,000 children (National Kids Count, 2014). [read more]

Movement Mortgage (March, 2016)—They told Manny Ohonme he was crazy. His dream of putting shoes on the feet of 10 million children worldwide was too ambitious, too impossible, too big. But on Thursday, an impassioned — and shoeless — Ohonme celebrated on a stage as he announced to over 400 Movement Mortgage market leaders, sales managers and guests that Samaritan’s Feet, the nonprofit he started with his wife Tracie, was on track to distribute shoes to 7 million children by year’s end. [read more]

Lovely County Citizen (March, 2016)—The Eureka Springs Rotary Club ran another successful Victorian Classic on Saturday. Patsy Miller, who organized the event, said the classic should raise just as much money as it did last year. Miller noted that the event benefits Samaritan’s Feet, an organization that provides shoes for local children. “I think we did as well as we did last year, and last year we were able to provide 180 shoes. Maybe other people will donate and we can move that number up a little bit,” Miller said. [read more]

FCA (March, 2016)—My mom put me in Catholic school in third grade, and I think it was to introduce a little more discipline into my life and point me in the right direction…But in 2007, a friend approached me about the Samaritan’s Feet ministry, and I’m so grateful for that because it helped change my life and my career. I had the opportunity to go to Africa and see children who had nothing, not even shoes on their feet, and I broke down. [read more]