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There’s a secret kickball obsession within NASCAR. Oops, it’s not so secret anymore

Charlotte Observer (July 2021) – Cliff Daniels has a secret that he doesn’t want anyone to know. Unfortunately for him, Corey LaJoie is making it public. “I think word is starting to get out about my and Corey’s past history with kickball,” Daniels told The Observer. “I hope it doesn’t get out too much.” [read more]

This nonprofit’s new $6.4 million west Charlotte HQ expansion will include a museum

Charlotte Observer (July 2021) – Non-profit Samaritan’s Feet International closed a deal on its headquarters in west Charlotte recently, finding a permanent home for its expanded operations. For 18 years, the organization has delivered shoes to children around the world who couldn’t afford them. [read more]

Catholic Charities, partners collaborate on ‘Hope Totes’ for refugees

Catholic News Herald (June 2021) – Refugees who have resettled in the Charlotte area with the help of Catholic Charities will receive new shoes June 22 during an event to mark World Refugee Day. [read more]

Sanford Health Clinic and Samaritan’s Feet distribute 15,000 medicated ‘shoes of hope’ to schools

News Ghana (June 2021) – Sanford Health in collaboration with Samaritan’s Feet as part of its corporate social responsibility has distributed some 15,000 pairs of medicated shoes to children between the ages of five and 15 years within the Accra Metropolis. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Delivering Shoes to North Texans in Need

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Sanford board chair honored for impacting millions globally

Sanford Health (May 2021) – Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme is changing the world simply by giving a pair of shoes, and hope, to children everywhere. Ohonme, chair of the Sanford International Board, was recognized for his work as a recipient of the 2021 Pontifical Hero Award for Inspiration. [read more]

Sanford Health on global stage at virtual Vatican Conference

Sanford Health (May 2021) – A three-day event brought together some of the best minds in research, medicine, thought and philanthropy from all across the world. The Fifth International Vatican Conference (May 6-8, 2021) was virtual in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and Sanford Health was well-represented on a variety of platforms to a global audience. [read more]

Vatican conference examines ways to improve global health

UCA News (May 2021) – Although sponsored by a church derided by some that it “thinks in terms of centuries,” the pace of ideas introduced during just 90 minutes of the Vatican’s May 6-8 international health care conference, “Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul — How Innovation and Novel Delivery Systems Improve Human Health,” was breathtaking by any standard. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet, Rotary clubs team up to put new shoes on 1,000 JMCSS students

Jackson Sun (April 2021) – Pre-k students at Nova Early Learning Center entered the gym Wednesday morning to an applause from a couple dozen adults who were there to see them. The adults were mostly from the three variations of the Rotary Club in Jackson and Samaritan’s Feet, a non-profit organization that works with groups across the country to put new shoes on the feet of children. [read more]

All 250 students surprised with new shoes at local school

WBBJ (April 2021) – When students walked into the cafeteria at Isaac-Lane Elementary Monday, they were met with a surprise. All 250 students got a brand new pair of tennis shoes. And as an act of service, community members washed their feet. [read more]

Shoe giveaway takes place in Springdale

5 News Online (March 2021) – Hundreds of families in the Springdale school district lined up at Sam’s Furniture Saturday (April 3), to receive a new pair of shoes for their kids. “There’s a program at the school and they signed the kids up to get some shoes,” said Jeralgine Williams. [read more]

Non-profit hands out new shoes and socks to kids in need in Springdale

4029 TV (March 2021) – Samaritan’s feet gave away about 700 pairs of new shoes to elementary school students in Springdale on Saturday. Organizers said they wanted to serve the kids and help them feel loved. “It’s just our way, as a community of showing love for these families,” said Samaritan’s Fett Regional Director Kyle Alexander. [read more]

Collaboration between two Sioux Falls organizations will gift new shoes to hundreds of kids

KELO (February 2021) – Hundreds of kids will soon be getting some new shoes thanks to a collaboration between Sioux Falls Thrive and Samaritan’s Feet. The groups put together a “Hope Tote” bag that contains a new pair of athletic shoes, socks, hygiene kit and an encouraging message. Those bags will then be distributed to children at Laura B. Anderson elementary. [read more]

High School Sports Rally

Yahoo! News (February 2021) – The basketball team at Minneapolis North is helping facilitate a shoe drive for kids that meet that need, Mike Max reports. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet hands out 500 free pairs of shoes to children

KCTV (January 2021) – Earlier on Saturday, Samaritan’s Feet partnered with Trinity Temple in Grandview to hand out about 500 pairs of shoes to children. [read more]

Local organizations team up to pack totes

FOX 9 (January 2021) – Local organizations are teaming up to give “Hope Totes” to kids attending Sojourner Truth Academy in Minneapolis. Each bag contains a new pair of sneakers, socks and a kit of toiletries. The bags also each had a “hope note”, which is an encouraging message. [read more]

GCSD9 Partners with Samaritan’s Feet for Shoe Drive

River Bender (January 2021) – Granite City Community Unit School District #9 administrative staff and social workers prepared and packed 250 “Hope Totes” provided by Samaritan’s Feet in a socially-distanced, safe method Tuesday at the James J. Greenwald Administration Building in Granite City, Ill. The Hope Totes will be delivered to GCSD9 schools and be distributed on an as-needed basis. [read more]

Granite City School District employees prepare for “hope tote” distribution

Advantage News (January 2021) – A limited number of Granite City School District staff and social workers will prepare and pack 200 “hope totes” provided by Samaritan’s Feet in a socially distanced, safe method Tuesday at the James J. Greenwald Administration Building in Granite City. [read more]

Hundreds of Colorado Springs students get new shoes thanks to Samaritan’s Feet

Fox 21 News (January 2021) – It was an exciting day for students at Odyssey Elementary in Colorado Springs. They got a special visit from the organization, Samaritan’s Feet, and left school with a brand new pair of shoes. “I’m really excited. I like what they look like. I like the colors,” said Fourth Graders Fiona, Callan, and Brianna. [read more]

300 Pairs of Shoes Distributed to Odyssey Elementary Students

KRDO (January 2021) – Three-hundred pairs of shoes are being given to students at Odyssey Elementary in Colorado Springs. On behalf of humanitarian aid organization Samaritans Feet, recipients will receive a “Hope Tote” drawstring book bag. [read more]

CIAA, Academy Sports + Outdoors Partner to deliver $5,000 Surprise Gift to Samaritan’s Feet

CIAA (November, 2020) – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and Academy Sports + Outdoors have collaborated to make this Thanksgiving holiday a little brighter for Samaritan’s Feet. In the spirit of giving during this holiday season, the CIAA surprised Manny and Tracie Ohonme, Co-Founders of Samaritan’s Feet, with a $5,000 gift card from Academy Sports + Outdoors to use at its area stores. [read more]

Life in the Fast Lane with NASCAR Driver, Corey LaJoie

City Current (October, 2020) – Corey LaJoie shares what it’s like to drive hundreds of miles for hours at a time at speeds between 160 and 200 mph with 42 other drivers all racing for the win. Mental preparedness is crucial for Corey to harness not only to win but to survive. Corey also shares his passion for charitable work, as he has helped raise over $210,000 for Samaritan’s Feet International over the 2019 NASCAR season. [read more]

Hundreds of Shoes Donated to Local Kids

RCNKY (October, 2020) – Samaritan’s Feet International is back in the region donating hundreds of shoes to kids who need them. The charitable organization is teaming with Truist (the bank formerly known as BB&T) to provide 850 pairs of shoes at multiple locations around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. [read more]

An Interview with Manny Ohonme – Compassion Beyond Borders

UC TV (October, 2020) – Manny Ohonme received his first pair of shoes at the age of nine. The gift left a lasting impression on the young Nigerian boy. Today, Ohnome is the founder of Samaritan’s Feet, an organization dedicated to providing shoes to children in need. [read more]

Nonprofit Samaritan’s Feet Donates 173 Pairs of Shoes to St. Joseph’s Indian School Students

Capital Journal (September, 2020) – St. Joseph’s Indian School students ended their school day walking in style. World-renowned nonprofit Samaritan’s Feet paid a visit to campus providing 173 pairs of shoes, one pair for every student. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Receives $5 Million Commitment From Sanford Health

Newsire (August, 2020) – Sanford Health has committed to donating $5 million to Samaritan’s Feet as the non-profit organization launches a capital campaign to expand its global efforts. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet hosts 8th annual back to school event

Keloland (August, 2020) – Saturday, Samaritan’s Feet hosted a back to school event in the First United Methodist Church parking lot in Sioux Falls. Over 400 students registered to pick up a bag filled with things to help them kickstart the new school year. Each bag had a pair of athletic shoes, socks, and a hygiene kit. [read more]

A Day of Hope serves record number of children in spire of COVID-19

Blue Mountain Eagle (August, 2020) – In spite of COVID-19 or maybe because of it, A Day of Hope served more children this year than in any of its previous five years. A Day of Hope is a pre-school event providing children with backpacks filled with school supplies, brand new shoes and dozens of services, several of which had to be changed or omitted this year. [read more]

Multiplying Good: Shelley Hayes

WBBJ TV (August, 2020) – A field trip permission slip requiring students to wear tennis shoes at an event is what ended up inspiring West Tennessee Healthcare’s Shelley Hayes to take action. “It really lights fire under me,” says Hayes. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Announces 2020 ‘Hope Givers’ and Honorees for the ‘Person of the Year’

Newsire (August, 2020) – Hope Givers, representing the NFL, NASCAR, medical, and financial fields, join Samaritan’s Feet global efforts and will be celebrated at the 2020 Barefoot Gala sponsored by Truist. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet still planning for shoe distribution in Sioux Falls

Dakota News Now (August, 2020) – Samaritan’s Feet is a worldwide organization that has local partners all over. There is one in Sioux Falls, and for the past seven years, volunteers have been able to give shoes to kids in the community. [read more]

Bayside racquet players raise funds for Samaritan’s Feet

Cape Gazette (August, 2020) – Tennis and pickleball players filled the courts at Bayside Golf Resort in Selbyville July 18 to raise funds and awareness for Samaritan’s Feet, a nonprofit that serves and inspires hope in children worldwide by providing shoes as the foundation to a healthy and spiritual life. [read more]

One Community, One Voice hosts community building event

The News & Advance (August, 2020) – Nine-year-old Kesniah Gibson isn’t sure if she’s excited to go back to school, and this year “going back” is more complicated than it’s ever been before. With all eyes turning to area public schools as administrations roll-out reopening plans, parents are anxious to find out what the new school year will bring. [read more]

Indianapolis Urban League adds free kids shoes to weekly food pick-up for families in need

Wish TV (June, 2020) – Tuesdays at the Indianapolis Urban League have turned into an all-day hustle to feed people who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. “On average we’ve been able to serve at least 500 families,” said Indianapolis Urban League President and CEO Tony Mason. [read more]

Man of the Year: Meet Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Ohonme

City Lifestyle Charlotte (June, 2020) – More than 30 years ago, in Lagos, Nigeria, a nine-year-old African boy was approached by a missionary from Wisconsin with an invitation to enter a contest to win a pair of shoes. The young boy won his first pair of shoes that day, a luxury that until that moment, as is true for so many in impoverished Africa, was beyond his wildest dreams. [read more]