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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]

Samaritan’s Feet International Announces 5 New Board Members

Newswire (May, 2020) – Samaritan’s Feet International is pleased to announce that Ryan Hutchins, Sandra Moore, Phil Rotella, Wade Sheek, and Patrick Thean have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors. These five individuals bring a unique set of professional backgrounds and personal experience to the Board of Directors. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet provides new shoes, messages of hope to men at Rock Hill shelter

WSOC (March, 2020) – Samaritan’s Feet, in partnership with Grace Ministries, provided new shoes and an encouraging message Friday to 65 men at Bethel Men’s Shelter in Rock Hill, S.C. The encouraging message was taken from the Hope Notes initiative that Samaritan’s Feet launched a week ago. [read more]

Local organization provides over 160 children with shoes

Fourstates Homepage (March, 2020) – Local organizations team up with an international group to provide more than 160 children with a new pair of shoes. Samaritan’s Feet partnered with local athletes and philanthropic organizations to pair the kids with their new sneakers. [read more]

Steve Henson to coach barefoot on Sunday in support of Samaritan’s Feet

UTSA (February, 2020) – UTSA men’s basketball head coach Steve Henson will be supporting the charity cause Samaritan’s Feet and will be coaching in his bare feet on Sunday as the Roadrunners host UAB at 2 p.m. at the Convocation Center. [read more]

Tulane basketball coach Ron Hunter, barefoot and all, walking with a purpose (February, 2020) – If you know Ron Hunter, you know he loves to talk the talk. But he also walks the walk. And sometimes, the first-year Tulane men’s basketball coach will even walk that walk barefoot, which was the case Saturday night at Devlin Fieldhouse. [read more]

Kingsley House children delight in receiving new shoes (February, 2020) – Kingsley House children were provided new shoes and socks by Tulane University athletes partnered with Samaritan’s Feet in New Orleans, La. Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. The athletes washed the children’s feet, placed new socks on their feet and then put on their new shoes. Samaritan’s Feet provided the shoes and socks for 1,500 Kingsley House children. [read more]

Florida State’s Sue Semrau giving back through Samaritan’s Feet

WTXL (February, 2020) – For Florida State head women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau, giving back is a calling, and every year she coaches barefoot for a game with a purpose. “We look in our closet and we see what shoes are we going to wear today? When you look in your closest and you say, I’m not wearing any shoes, it really brings it back home,” she said. [read more]

Nonprofit group gives 150 Pflugerville elementary students new shoes

KVUE (February, 2020) – Thanks to some kind people, 150 students within Pflugerville ISD went home Wednesday with some fresh kicks. That’s because nonprofit group Samaritan’s Feet and Aramark food services worked together in an outreach effort across the district, including students in need at Copperfield, Delco, Dessau, Northwest and Parmer Lane elementary. [read more]

Hundreds of local children get free shoes

Cola Daily (February, 2020) – Hundreds of Midlands children have new shoes and socks to wear, thanks to a partnership between Thrivent Financial and Samaritan’s Feet. [read more]

CIAA amps up Samaritan’s Feet partnership

Salisbury Post (February, 2020) – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) announced Wednesday that it is expanding its support of Samaritans Feet, a non-profit organization that inspires hope through the gift of shoes to underserved families. [read more]

Marauders basketball Samaritan’s Feet Night set for Friday, Feb 7

UMary (February, 2020) – On the benches of college basketball a stylish suit, spiffy shoes and a tasteful tie on the head coach is as ubiquitous as a white board to design plays and water bottles. This weekend, though, University of Mary basketball coaches Rick Neumann and Joe Kittell will break from their sartorial traditions to raise awareness for youth in desperate need of shoes. [read more]

Hundreds of students get new shoes as part of Samaritan’s Feet’s National Day of Service

WMAR (February, 2020) – Hundreds of Baltimore city students received new shoes on Tuesday! Residents volunteered at a shoe distribution event at Harlem Park Elementary School on the city’s west side. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet to give 600 children, adults in Indy shoes

Wish TV (February, 2020) – A handful of Indianapolis volunteers will partner with Samaritan’s Feet to give 600 children and adults across the city a new pair of shoes in honor of National Day of Service. The first event takes place on Tuesday at St. Lawrence Catholic School from 9 a.m. until noon. It will serve more than 220 students. [read more]

Hundreds of kids received new shoes in honor of Dr. Martin Luther Kings Day of Service

Local Memphis (January, 2020) – Hundreds of kids received some new shoes Friday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Day of Service. About 500 kids received new shoes from Samaritan’s Feet. Before trying on the new shoes, volunteers first washed their feet and fitted them a new pair of socks. [read more]

500 shoes delivered to kids at Koontz Elementary

Salisbury Post (January, 2020) – About 500 new shoes were delivered to students at Koontz Elementary School Thursday by a nonprofit that has given millions of shoes to children worldwide. Samaritan’s Feet visited Isenberg Elementary School a year ago and returned to Rowan County with the same kind of distribution at Koontz. [read more]

DuDonis to Support Samaritans Feet Charity

UWRF Sports (January, 2020) – The University of Wisconsin-River Falls head women’s basketball coach Blake DuDonis will support the Samaritan’s Feet charity by coaching in his bare feet Friday (Jan. 31) as the Falcons host Mount Mary University in a non-conference matchup. [read more]

Volunteers wash children’s feet and give tem new socks and shoes in Fairfield

WBRC (January, 2020) – Hundreds of students in Fairfield learned what it means to be a good Samaritan. On Tuesday, volunteers from Samaritan’s Feet washed the feet of Robinson Elementary School students and gave them a new pair of socks and shoes. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet donates 330 pairs of shoes to North Charleston Elementary

ABC News 4 (January, 2020) – Over 300 students at North Charleston Elementary received quite the surprise last week, when non-profit Samaritan’s Feet International donated 330 pairs of shoes. It’s part of the non-profit’s program “Shoes for Hope”, which cleans children’s feet and helps provide footwear. [read more]

Virginia State wins 2020 DII Award of Excellence

NCAA (January, 2020) – Virginia State student-athletes know that a fresh pair of shoes and socks can go a long way in helping a child put his or her best foot forward. Led by the Virginia State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Trojan athletics community partnered last spring with Samaritan’s Feet International to provide 300 new pairs of athletic shoes and socks to students at Cool Spring Elementary in Petersburg, Virginia. [read more]

Volunteers provide new shoes to Donladsonville Primary students

Leesville Daily Leader (January, 2020) – Regional Director for Samaritan’s Feet Graham Gibbs was on hand to discuss the global initiative that was taking place that day in Louisiana. He credited Tiffany St. Pierre and Sherry Denig of Volunteer Ascension for sponsoring and organizing the event. The scene in the cafeteria of Donaldsonville Primary School on Thursday, January 16 can be described most fittingly in smiles. [read more]

SCS partners with Samaritan’s Feet to provide students with shoes

Selma Times Journal (January, 2020) – For the third year in a row, Selma City Schools (SCS) partnered with non-profit organization Samaritan’s Feet to provide kindergarten through second-grade students with new shoes. “It’s one of my favorite days of the year,” said SCS Superintendent Dr. Avis Williams. “Just to see our babies come in and witness the excitement and joy they get from getting a new pair of shoes is sensational.” [read more]

Hundreds of students receive new sneakers at Statesville Road Elementary

WCNC (January, 2020) – At Statesville Road Elementary School in north Charlotte, hundreds of students each received a new pair of sneakers Wednesday.  The school was selected by Samaritans Feet as part of their National Day of Service campaign. [read more]

500 students at Southeast DC school receive new pairs of shoes

WJLA (January, 2020) – There was plenty of enthusiasm at Hendley Elementary in Southeast as students walked in with one pair of shoes and left with another. “I’m getting new shoes,” said 5-year-old Mason Garvin. Volunteers with Samaritan’s Feet laced up hundreds of new pairs in various sizes and colors. [read more]

EKU Baseball Team Steps up to Plate for Kids in Need

Lex18 (January, 2020) – On Monday afternoon the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team hit the gym, not for a workout or practice, but to step up to the plate in a different way. Coaches and players washed feet and gave out brand new shoes as a part of the Samaritan’s Feet National Day of Service. The team’s head coach brought the event to campus four years ago. [read more]

Baseball Helps Provide New Shoes for Local Children on MLK Day

EKU (January, 2020) – The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team served local children by washing their feet and giving them a new pair of shoes on Monday. The event was part of the National Day of Service campaign by Samaritan’s Feet. Nearly 400 children either received shoes on Monday at EKU’s Alumni Coliseum, or if they couldn’t make it will receive their shoes later this week. [read more]

Helping Souls with Souls

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (January, 2020) – His toes could have been in that plastic tub. That was not lost on Pierre Desir. The realization was a big part of the reason the Indianapolis Colts defensive back was here in Jennings on Thursday, bent over at the waist in the Northview Elementary gym, washing the feet of children he had just met. [read more]

Volunteers Deliver New Shoes, Hands-On Less In Compassion to North Texas School Children

CBS DFW (January, 2020) – Growing servant leaders from the ground up is the end goal of a hands-on lesson in compassion Tuesday at the Lawson Early Childhood School in McKinney. “This event has been so amazing,” says principal Susie Towber, as hundreds of students were fitted with new sneakers, part of a day of service organized by international nonprofit Samaritan’s Feet in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. [read more]

Hundreds of students receive free shoes

WBBJ (January, 2020) – Something as small as a brand new pair of shoes can mean the world to someone who doesn’t have any. The organization Samaritan’s Feet shared that feeling with students at Alexander Elementary School. [read more]