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2 groups help 750 elementary school kids get their day off on the right foot

WFMZ (March, 2019)—It can be a rare thing for some students in the Lehigh Valley to get new clothes and shoes. That can make it tough for them to go to school everyday. On Monday, two organizations came together to help those very kids take a giant step forward. At Allentown’s Central Elementary School, all 750 students were given a new pair of shoes and socks. [read more]

Carpinteria High School Interact Club to donate shoes to children and adults in need

Coastal View (March, 2019)—In 2013, the World Bank counted 767 million people living in poverty who couldn’t afford education and basic articles of clothing like shoes. To help meet people’s basic needs, the Carpinteria High School Interact Club is holding a shoe drive in partnership with Samaritan’s Feet International, a non-profit organization that “serves and inspires hope in children by providing shoes as the foundation to a spiritual and healthy life resulting in the advancement of education and economic opportunities.” [read more]

UMary coaches go barefoot to raise awareness

KFYR (February, 2019)—Coaches from the University of Mary go barefoot once a year in support of a group called Samaritan’s Feet, who have provided shoes for almost seven million people around the world. For the first time even the referees went barefoot, but only during warm-ups. [read more]

In the shoes of Coach Rob Hunter

The Signal (February, 2019)—Some may know coach Ron Hunter only as the man frantically screaming up and down the sidelines of Georgia State men’s basketball games. Georgia State students may have seen him dancing or dressing up at GSU Jam or noticed him coaching shoeless during the annual Samaritan’s Feet game, a game that he looks forward to every year for the thousands of shoes that get donated following the game. [read more]

University of Jamestown and Samaritan’s Feet

Jamestown Sun (February, 2019)—More than 60 University of Jamestown students greeted area families that registered for the Samaritan’s Feet distribution day event Sunday at Harold Newman Arena. The UJ students collected 275 pairs of new shoes over the first semester and from direct donations and at a UJ basketball game. [read more]

University of Jamestown Student-Led Organization Helps Provide Shoes to Kids in Need

News Dakota (February, 2019)—Some University of Jamestown students spent their Sunday afternoon outfitting kids in need with shoes as part of Samaritan’s Feet. The 2nd annual shoe distribution was held February 17th at the Harold Newman Arena. Over 140 Jamestown area kids pre-registered for the free shoe distribution program. [read more]

Lebron James continues tradition of bringing 23 students to All-Star weekend

The San Diego Union-Tribune (February, 2019)—The LeBron James Family Foundation continued an annual tradition of bringing 23 students who are part of their 330 Ambassador program to the All-Star city for community service and career development activities, as well as a visit with James. [read more]

Martinsville-area church members deliver ministry and shoes to Cubans in need

Martinsville Bulletin (February, 2019)—Last week, it was nearly as if Cathy Dunham had stepped back in time. “I saw an awful lot of people just getting by,” Dunham said. “They didn’t have transportation, so they’d take the city bus or wake up early to start walking. A lot of people were walking.” [read more]

A day of service for students

Union Springs Herald (January, 2019)—This year’s MLK Day of Service took place on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Union Springs Elementary School, where Samaritan’s Feet visited the school to wash the student’s feet and fit them with new socks and shoes. [read more]

What is your why?

Selma Times-Journal (January, 2019)—What excites you and makes you anxious to get up each morning? What are you so passionate about that would feel empty without it? What is your why? As an educator for over 21 years, I often think about this. Why do I get up each morning? [read more]

Faith on the Field

ESPN610 (January, 2019)—Faith on the Field: An Interview with Manny Ohonme. [read more]

Journey from the Congo to North Dakota

KXnet (January, 2019)—At rare moments in our lives, we lose control — but it’s what we do next that defines us. “I know I haven’t reached my dreams yet, but I can see them getting closer.” Meet John Ndabuguye. For the last three years, the 22-year-old has called Bismarck home. But before that, “home” was a much more complicated concept. [read more]

EKU baseball lends a helping hand to local children

Eastern Progress (January, 2019)—On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, people across the United States can be found in their communities doing service projects in honor of the famed civil rights activist. Some of those activities might be picking up trash, giving food to people without homes, or for the EKU baseball team, washing the feet of children. [read more]

Colonels partner with Samaritan’s Feet to provide local kids with new shoes

Richmond Register (January, 2019)—The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team partnered with Samaritan’s Feet to provide 275 local children with a new pair of shoes Monday at Alumni Coliseum. It’s the third-straight year the Colonels have participated in the event, which is part of the National Day of Service Campaign. [read more]

UJ Basketball Coaches & Staff Going Barefoot January 19th

NewsDakota.com (January, 2019)—The University of Jamestown Basketball coaches and staff will be going barefoot for their game on Saturday, January 19th to raise awareness and shoe donations. University of Jamestown Athletic Director Sean Johnson says the goal is to raise the awareness surrounding the need for shoes in the region. [read more]

Two Local Organizations Raising Shoe Donations for Different Causes

NewsDakota.com (January, 2019)—Two organizations in Jamestown are seeking shoe donations for two separate, but very important causes this winter. Dollars for Scholars & Samaritan’s Feet both have completely different goals and are using shoe collections as a way to meet them. [read more]

Barefooters again to dip into Lake Norman on New Year’s Day

Mooresville Tribune (December, 2018)—Come on in, the water’s fine. Whether that will actually be the case remains to be seen and felt, but – come rain or shine – the show once again will continue to go on. [read more]

Wright State Basketball team gives back at shoe distribution event

Wright State (December, 2018)—The Wright State Men’s Basketball team along with Head Coach Scott Nagy, other staff, and Dayton-area residents all volunteered Saturday at a shoe distribution with Samaritan’s Feet. They served 200 individuals by washing their feet and giving them a new pair of shoes. [read more]

Hoop Hogs Give Back

Hogville (December, 2018)—For the fourth straight year the Arkansas Razorback men’s basketball team partnering with Samaritan’s Feet gave needy children in Fayetteville shoes to start the new year. The annual event held at the Yvonne Richardson center provided over fifty children with a new pair of socks and shoes as well as getting their feet washed by the Razorbacks. [read more]

Arkansas basketball gives back Thursday with Samaritan’s Feet

KAIT (December, 2018)—Mike Anderson’s Razorbacks gave back Thursday at the Yvonne Richardson Community Center. Arkansas basketball washed feet and gave new socks and shoes to kids as a part of Samaritan’s Feet. [read more]

T.Y. Hilton drags his ankle — and the Colts — to season-saving victory

Indy Star (December, 2018)—T.Y. Hilton is heading slowly to midfield. Walking, you might call it, though at the moment he seems to be dragging the injured ankle that caused him to miss all but one practice this week. Hilton played anyway on Sunday, another monster performance that continued his one-man rampage since mid-November and helped the Indianapolis Colts rally to a season-saving, 28-27 victory against the New York Giants. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic returns for fourth year

SHN (December, 2018)—The fourth annual Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic presented by Sanford Health returns to the Sanford Pentagon Jan. 5, 2019. The field expands this year with 10 boys games comprising the schedule — up from eight games the previous year. Games start at 8 a.m. and tip every 90 minutes. Schools from South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa are competing in this year’s classic. [read more]

Noles Host Creighton in Special Game

WTXL (December, 2018)—The ninth annual Samaritan’s Feet game takes place on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center as Florida State Women’s Basketball hosts Creighton at 2 p.m. The event is the lone FSU Athletics home game of the week. Head Coach Sue Semrau will coach barefoot in recognition of the Samaritan’s Feet initiative, which is to ensure that every child around the world is not shoeless and guarded from infectious diseases in their feet. [read more]

Florida State hosts ninth annual Samaritan’s Feet game vs. Creighton

Tallahassee Democrat (December, 2018)—For the ninth straight year, Florida State women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau will be barefoot on the sideline Sunday. When her Seminoles (9-1) take on Creighton (4-4) at 2 p.m. inside the Tucker Civic Center, Semrau will coach without shoes to raise awareness for the Samaritan’s Feet initiative. [read more]

Ravens Give Back: Distribute Shoes And Socks To Needy Baltimore Children

WJZ (December, 2018)—Members of the Baltimore Ravens were out in the community Monday morning volunteering at a local school. The players and staffers were part of a volunteer effort at the Collington Square Elementary/Middle School. They helped distribute shoes and socks to needy students through “Shoes of Hope.” [read more]

Shoes of Hope delivers new shoes to hundreds of Baltimore students

WBAL (December, 2018)—Hundreds of Baltimore City school students received a new pair of shoes Monday thanks to the Baltimore Ravens. Ravens players were joined by members of Samaritan’s Feet and student athletes from Dunbar High School as part of the Shoes of Hope Initiative. The program provides a new pair of shoes and clean socks to those who need them most. [read more]

Local kids receive shoes from international organization

KIII TV (December, 2018)—More than 200 students at the Promesa College Prep campus in Corpus Christi now have a new pair of shoes thanks to an international organization. It’s called Samaritan’s Feet. Volunteers handed out the shoes and socks as part of a program they call “Shoes of Hope.” That’s not all. Volunteers helped the children wash their feet before putting on their new socks and shoes. [read more]

This group gave every student at this school a new pair of shoes

Caller Times (December, 2018)—Showing up at school with old and torn up shoes can be embarrassing. One group is ensuring that students at one school don’t experience that. Samaritan’s Feet visited the kids of Promesa College Prep — West Corpus Christi and brought a new pair of socks and shoes for each student. [read more]

New kicks for 425 kids

Shelby Star (December, 2018)—Hundreds of small feet were washed and sized with a new pair of shoes at Washington Elementary on Wednesday. Community volunteers partnered with Samaritan’s Feet to fit all 425 students with shoes for a project called Shoes for Hope. Each volunteer took a few minutes to talk with students as they washed and waited for the shoes to arrive. [read more]

UCLA Women’s Basketball Distributes Shoes to Gomez Elementary Students

The St. Croix Source (November, 2018)—Unlike most sneaker brands, Vosk does not prioritise street credibility. In an industry where materialism and conformism drive sales, Vosk took a different approach – championing social change, one sole at a time. [read more]

A South African sneaker brand that gives back

The South African (November, 2018)—Unlike most sneaker brands, Vosk does not prioritise street credibility. In an industry where materialism and conformism drive sales, Vosk took a different approach – championing social change, one sole at a time. [read more]

Nonprofit Makes Disease-Fighting Shoes For Impoverished Children Worldwide

CBS New York (October, 2018)—Could the path to better health for millions of kids around the world be as simple as a new pair of shoes? The numbers are stunning – 300 million people in Africa are shoeless. Worse yet, one and a half billion people around the world are infected with parasites that entered through their feet and could have been prevented with proper shoes. [read more]

Guess what the kids at this Texas school walked away with?

Star Telegram (October, 2018)—Some kind-hearted souls helped more than 550 students at Arlington’s Morton Elementary walk away from school with a brand new pair of shoes and socks. The gift came from the social service group, Samaritan’s Feet. Samaritan’s Feet is a global nonprofit organization founded in 2003 that aims to share hope with children in need by giving them a new pair of shoes. [read more]

Nonprofit steps up to fill need

The Robesonian (October, 2018)—A nonprofit was in Pembroke on Friday providing area residents with a basic need — shoes. But not just any shoes, ones that provide an extra level of protection from moisture and disease. Samaritan’s Feet and the Lumbee Tribe joined forces for a shoe giveaway event at Pembroke Boys and Girls Club. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet in Charlotte preparing to travel to areas hit by Florence

WBTV (October, 2018)—Volunteers in the warehouse at Samaritan’s Feet in Charlotte are busy packing boxes of shoes and clothing that they’ll deliver to people affected by Hurricane Florence. “When disasters like this hit, people think about the food, water and shelter, they forget about their feet,” Founder Manny Ohonme said. [read more]

New Shoes for Dayton Students

The River City News (August, 2018)—Samaritan’s Feet arrived in the Northern Kentucky river cities in recent days and provided new shoes and socks at schools in Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton. At Lincoln Elementary School in Dayton, around 650 students were outfitted in brand new shoes, with help from the organization and local volunteers, which included school staff and Dayton High School students. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet ends NKY visits at Newport Intermediate School — nearly 2000 free shoes in all

Northern Kentucky Tribune (August, 2018)—Samaritan’s Feet, an international nonprofit, fitted more than 500 students at Newport Intermediate on Monday — with the help of an eager group of more than 100 volunteers. It was the fourth and final stop in Northern Kentucky for Samaritan’s Feet. Shoe-fittings occurred at Newport Elementary, Bellevue Elementary and Lincoln Elementary in Dayton last week. [read more]

Children in Bellevue have a fit Thursday, courtesy of Samaritan’s Feet, and a good time is had by all

Northern Kentucky Tribune (August, 2018)—Samaritan’s Feet continued its four-day mission to provide more than 2,000 new shoes for children in Northern Kentucky schools. After providing shoes for 450 pre-K through sixth grade students in Newport Wednesday, Samaritan’s Feet was in Bellevue Thursday morning to give new pairs of shoes and socks to children there. [read more]

Nearly 2,000 NKY students get free socks, shoes for new school year

WLWT (August, 2018)—International nonprofit, Samaritan’s Feet is visiting Northern Kentucky for the next few days to help local children get ready to go back to school. Samaritan’s Feet will distribute 1,900 pairs of shoes to students in Newport, Bellevue and Dayton, Kentucky. This is a way to start the school year on the right foot and have every kid feel valued. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet and new shoes for every child make it a very good day at Newport Primary School

Northern Kentucky Tribune (August, 2018)—All in all, it was a very good day for 450 students and over 50 volunteers at Newport Primary School on Wednesday as the school gym was turned into a shoe store. Every student got a new pair of shoes, thanks to Samaritan Feet, an international foundation, who brought their program to Newport Primary. Tomorrow, Samaritan’s Feet will be in Bellvue and in Dayton on Friday. They’ll be back to Newport Intermediate on Monday. [read more]

Raiders return from ‘life changing’ trip

Fairborn Daily Herald (August, 2018)—While most college students are working summer jobs, internships or making up classes, the Wright State University men’s basketball team traveled to the Dominican Republic in early August. Their time was spent putting shoes on the feet of children from the Caribbean country located on the island of Hispaniola. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Shoe Giveaway Saturday

Keloland (August, 2018)—Hundreds of Sioux Falls school kids will walk into their classrooms next week sporting a brand-new pair of sneakers.  That’s because volunteers will be handing-out the footwear Saturday as part of a distribution sponsored by the faith-based, non-profit Samaritan’s Feet. [read more]

Shoe giveaway reaches 280 needy residents

Lovely County Citizen (August, 2018)—For the fifth year, community members joined together to provide Carroll County kids with shoes. The families patiently stood in line, waiting until volunteers led them into a room with shoes neatly arranged on white tables. Once in the room, the volunteers washed the kids’ feet and found shoes to fit them. [read more]

Community members wash feet, distribute free shoes at Roanoke Rescue Mission

Martinsville Bulletin (August, 2018)—When the doors opened early Saturday afternoon, the line to get inside the G. Wayne Fralin Free Clinic for the Homeless had already snaked around the building and spilled into a nearby parking lot. Regulars at the Roanoke Rescue Mission waited anxiously for their turn to experience the proverbial washing of the feet and slide on a brand new pair of shoes and socks. [read more]

Fox Hill Children Get Free Shoes Thanks To Wildcats

Tribune 242 (August, 2018)—The Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball programme launched their Big Blue Bahamas Tour with a community outreach initiative. The Wildcats partnered with Samaritan’s Feet International to conduct a free shoe distribution to children in the Fox Hill area at Faith Assembly of God, Johnson Road and Scott Alley. Team members and head coach John Calipari washed the feet of over 150 children and supplied them with new pairs of socks and sneakers. [read more]

Wildcats give back in the Bahamas

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Harrisonville back-to-school fair provides backpacks, haircuts and self-esteem

Kansas City Star (August, 2018)— Thanks to Monday’s Bright Futures Back-to-School Fair, hundreds of Harrisonville School District students will have a brighter beginning to the new school year. Since 2014, the school district has hosted this event to provide students in need with items essential for starting the school year. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet and University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Team Distribute Shoes to 150 Bahamian Children in Need

Lex 18 (August, 2018)— Today, the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team, head coach John Calipari and other staff partnered with Samaritan’s Feet International and its founder, Manny Ohonme to serve 150 children from impoverished communities in Nassau, Bahamas. [read more]

Metro Atlanta students get shoes in back-to-school giveaway

Fox 5 Atlanta (August, 2018)— A local organization is making sure kids are headed back to school in style. Samaritan’s Feet International gave away 650 pairs of shoes at a back-to-school shoe distribution. [read more]

A Call to Serve: Volunteers minister to students at Back2School event

Martinsville Bulletin (August, 2018)—Close to 2,900 school-age children were served through this year’s Back2School event, held at 12 area church sites Saturday, said Pastor Michael Harrison, the director of the event. Each child received new shoes and socks. A volunteer washed the student’s feet and talked to him about his or her dreams. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet event shoes children

The Bryan Times (August, 2018)—Held at the Williams County Family YMCA, it was the third time Bard hosted the event since 2014. Youth at the event had their feet washed and received a new pair of shoes. Scott Bard, vice president of sales administration for Bard Manufacturing Company and an organizer of the event, said the company purchased 175 pairs of shoes to give away on Saturday morning. [read more]

Raiders on a mission, headed to Dominican Republic

Dayton Daily News (July, 2018)—The good times rolled for the Wright State University men’s basketball program last season. There were 25 wins, a Horizon League tournament championship, lots of individual and coaching honors and a rare appearance in the NCAA Division I tournament. Now, as junior guard Cole Gentry confirmed, the hunter (Raiders) has become the hunted. There will be no surprise attack by WSU on unsuspecting league brethren. [read more]

International nonprofit teams up with NKY schools to give students new shoes

Fox 19 (July, 2018)—Brand new shoes are coming to some northern Kentucky schools, and they’re expected to put a pep in the step of students who may be struggling. Newport Independent Schools, Dayton Independent Schools, and Bellevue Independent Schools are taking part in the program. At Newport Intermediate, school leaders said the need for shoes is immediate because 15 percent of the district’s students are considered to be “living in transition” or homeless, and 91 percent of their students fall below the federal poverty level. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet bringing new shoes for every child to Newport, Dayton, Bellevue public schools

Northern Kentucky Tribune (July, 2018)—Three Northern Kentucky nonprofits have teamed up with a national nonprofit, Samaritan’s Feet, to see that every pre-K through 6th-grade student in Newport, Bellevue and Dayton public schools get new shoes for the coming school year. Southbank Partners, Corporex Foundation, and the NKyTribune are local sponsors for the project which involves nearly 2,000 students. [read more]

The Indy Urban League threw a party to give kids supplies and treats before school starts

Indy Star (July, 2018)—In 2015, about 500 families showed up for the Indianapolis Urban League’s Back-to-School Block Party. Fast forward three years to Saturday’s bash, and that number stood between 2,000 and 3,000, league president and CEO Tony Mason said. The annual party gives away backpacks full of supplies to kids to defray back-to-school costs for families in need. [read more]

Bard hosting third Samaritan’s Feet event Saturday

Bryan Times (July, 2018)—For the third time in six years, Bard Manufacturing will host a Samaritan’s Feet event. From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Williams County Family YMCA in Bryan, more than 100 pairs of shoes will be given away to preschool through the sixth grade students. [read more]

Free shoe giveaway set at Boys and Girls Club Saturday

Kentucky New Era (July, 2018)—Samaritan’s Feet in cooperation with the local Walmart Distribution Center and Transportation Office and the Boys and Girls Club of Hopkinsville-Christian County will host a back to school shoe distribution for children in the Christian County area 10 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club, 1600 Walnut St. [read more]

College basketball: Scott Nagy, Wright State to take trip to Dominican Republic to aid Haitian community

NCAA (July, 2018)—Yes, last season, Wright State won a surprising 25 games, the Horizon League title and got the automatic berth before losing to co-SEC champ Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA tournament last March. All is well for Wright State on the court under Scott Nagy. Now, it’s time to do the right thing off the court. [read more]

The WNBA champions weren’t invited to the White House. Instead, they gave shoes to kids.

The Washington Post (June, 2018)—This year, Moore and the Lynx traded speeches and photo ops in the East Room of the presidential mansion for a trip to southeast D.C., where the team spent the afternoon handing out Jordan brand shoes to more than 300 elementary school students and shooting hoops on the Payne Elementary School playground. [read more]

Champion Lynx spend day of service at Washington school

USA Today (June, 2018)—The Minnesota Lynx, despite winning the WNBA championship last season, did not receive an invite to the White House. When the team came to Washington to take on the Mystics on Thursday, they found a different way to celebrate. Players and coaches came down for their game a day early, to hand out shoes to kids in Washington. The team partnered with Samaritan’s Feet for a day of service. [read more]

WNBA champions to hold community service event in DC after not getting White House invite

The Hill (June, 2018)—The WNBA team will partner with Samaritan’s Feet Shoes of Hope Distribution, a nonprofit organization that provides shoes to children, to commemorate winning their fourth WNBA championship with a community service event at Payne Elementary, the team said in a press release. [read more]

Lynx to Commemorate 2017 WNBA Championship Through Community Service in D.C.

KSTP (June, 2018)—The Minnesota Lynx will team up with a nonprofit to commemorate the team’s 2017 WNBA championship and promote a healthy lifestyle. On Wednesday, the team will host a service event with Samaritan’s Feet Shoes of Hope Distribution at Payne Elementary School in Washington D.C., according to a release from the team. [read more]

Southern Utah School Receives New Shoes for Every Student

Good4Utah (May, 2018)—Children in Southern Utah received new shoes Tuesday by an organization whose mission is to provide hope to kids all over the globe. At La Verkin Elementary, 550 students are getting new shoes. “Aren’t you excited?” “Yes!,” said seven-year-old Kegan who walked to school today in the rain. “He said that his feet got wet this morning,” said the volunteer washing Kegan’s feet. [read more]

Hundreds of Kids Receive New Shoes in Anderson Co.

WSPA (April, 2018)—Hundreds of elementary school students in Anderson County left school on Thursday with a brand new pair of shoes. The organization Samaritans Feet travels around the world providing shoes and socks to underserved populations. This is only the second time they’ve come to Anderson County and on Thursday at Varennes Elementary they had dozens of volunteers helping out including some Anderson County sheriffs deputies. [read more]

Candlewood Elementary Students Receive New Sneakers

KENS5 (April, 2018)—At first glance, the Candlewood Elementary School gym looked a little strange. Instead of competition, the gym was filled with compassion – in a variety of colors. “They came in here shy, but they left out here with a big ol’ smile,” said Rick Cepeda, one of the event workers. The organization Samaritans’ Feet teamed up with Walmart to give every student at the school brand-new shoes. That’s about 485 kids. [read more]

Elementary Students Get New Shoes Courtesy of Samaritan’s Feet Organization

KSAT (April, 2018)—More than 400 students at a local elementary school received new shoes courtesy of a charitable organization called Samaritan’s Feet and Walmart. Staff members at Candlewood Elementary School said 485 students had their feet washed by volunteers before they were fitted with new socks and shoes. “It’s a great opportunity for connection between volunteer and child. These children are valuable, precious,” Samaritan’s Feet Executive Director Graham Gibbs said. “For a stranger to come in and connect with them and give them a new pair of shoes.” [read more]

‘A Day of Hope’ Brings a Message of Love to Horry County Children

My Horry News (April, 2018)—The backpacks filled with school supplies, the haircuts and the new shoes are all important to give to children at A Day of Hope. But the most important thing they get will be the message that Jesus loves them. So says Sheila Karsevar, the founder of the event, planned for Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. [read more]