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New Samaritan’s Feet Headquarters Sparking Hope, One Shoe At A Time

WCCV (November 2021) – When most of us wake up in the morning, we wash our face, brush our teeth and get dressed for the day. If we have the time, we’ll pick out shoes that match our outfits. Sadly, that’s not everyone’s reality. Co-founder of Samaritans feet, Manny Ohonme wants to make sure that no child goes without a pair of shoes and this new 16 acre facility will be used to accomplish that goal. [read more]

Samaritans Feet sees benefit from Charlotte Marathon

Good Day Charlotte (November 2021) – Manny Ohonme from Samaritans Feet, the Charlotte-area non-profit group that provides shoes to children in need, joined Good Day Charlotte to talk about how the organization is benefiting from the Charlotte Marathon. [read more]

A Message of Hope

My RGV (November 2021) – Through the gifting of shoes, an international nonprofit organization aims to create doorways of hope and messages of inspiration to those who need it most.Samaritan’s Feet International, along with members of the Lakewood Church in Houston, made a weekend trip to the Rio Grande Valley this month to provide shoes to those in need and network with local organizations. [read more]

Franklin church delivers shoes for Afghan children at Camp Atterbury

WTHR (October 2021) – A local church is on a mission to make sure every Afghan child at Camp Atterbury has a pair of shoes to wear. On Wednesday, Union Christian Church made its first delivery. It included 1,000 pairs of shoes. They hope to eventually donate a total of 6,600 pairs — enough for every single child at Atterbury. [read more]

Children gifted with new shoes

News24 (October 2021) – Youth for Change and Samaritan’s Feet South Africa have teamed up to bring joy to 100 Hanover Park children. The two groups did a handover of 100 pairs of shoes to children from the area on Wednesday 13 October. Colleen Simmers-Atwiine, director at Youth for Change, says the children also enjoyed a sponsored lunch. [read more]

Pastor, church step in to provide shoes to refugees

The Republic (October 2021) – After learning from volunteers many of the Afghan children at Camp Atterbury came to the United States without shoes, an area pastor stepped into action. Union Christian Church Pastor Mark Parkinson’s church — and sister church Trafalgar Christian — both took up missions to help the more than 6,600 Afghan refugees being temporarily housed at the National Guard base in southern Johnson County, and have been collecting supplies at their churches. [read more]

Backpack Buddy program provides 375 local children with food and shoes

Supertalk 929 (October 2021) – Food City recently partnered with Samaritans Feet and Coca-Cola to provide food and clothing items to children in need. Students in the Johnson City area received backpacks filled with non-perishable food and totes with shoes and accessories. Volunteers from Food City and Coca-Cola worked to assemble the backpacks. Organizers say around 375 children received these much-needed items, which were taken to South Side Elementary for distribution across the city. [read more]

Corey LaJoie’s Kickball Klassic brings athletes, entertainers together for a good cause

Salisbury Post (October 2021) – Some of NASCAR’s top drivers competed Wednesday night, but it wasn’t on the racetrack. More than a dozen of the sport’s biggest names gathered at Atrium Health Ballpark to partake in the inaugural Corey LaJoie Kickball Klassic. The daylong tournament wasn’t just for kicks, it was a fundraiser for the Kannapolis YMCA and Samaritan’s Feet—two nonprofits close to LaJoie’s heart. [read more]

Corey LaJoie’s Inaugural Charity Kickball Klassic Set for kickoff

NASCAR (October 2021) – Before drivers hit the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for a pair of NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series playoff races, they’ll be lacing up for a different kind of competition — on the diamond. Corey LaJoie’s Inaugural Charity Kickball Klassic, featuring a star-studded cast of drivers and celebrities, makes its debut Wednesday at Atrium Health Ballpark, home of the Kannapolis (N.C.) Cannon Ballers. [read more]

Car show benefits Shoes 4 Kids

Westside Eagle Observer (October 2021) – A group of local good Samaritans gathered at Veterans Park in Decatur on Sept. 25 to put on a car show to raise funds to help the local school district acquire about 600 pairs of new shoes, a pair for each student. Thirty cars and trucks from a vintage Chevrolet Impala to custom-built Dodge Chargers parked along Pat Street in Veterans Park to help raise money for the Samaritan’s Feet International Shoes 4 Kids program which will provide much-needed footwear for students of the Decatur School District. [read more]

LaJoie kicking with the stars in inaugural Kickball Klassic’

WCNC (September 2021) – NASCAR driver and Cabarrus County native Corey LaJoie is making sure to use the next race in Charlotte to help several good causes. LaJoie is holding his first ever “Kickball Klassic” on Wednesday, Oct. 6 in Kannapolis, ahead of that weekend’s ROVAL race on WCNC Charlotte. Beneficiaries include the YMCA, Built and Samaritan’s Feet. [read more]

Back-to-school giveaway provides free shoes to students

WWLP (August 2021) – A back-to-school event on Saturday morning helped prepare hundreds of Springfield families for the start of school this fall. The line to receive a free pair of sneakers began at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club and extended down Carew Street. Each family expressing the hardships that prevented them from purchasing a pair of sneakers for the return to the classroom next week. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet donates athletic shoes for students in all grades at Grand Forks Public Schools

Grand Forks Herald (August 2021) – The Samaritan’s Feet organization has donated 175 pairs of athletic shoes for a “Shoe Locker” Grand Forks Public Schools. The shoes will be distributed, on an as-needed basis, to boys and girls in the preschool through high school level, according to Denise Blomberg, the organization’s regional director of operations, Sioux Falls, S.D., who made the presentation Monday, Aug. 23, at the school district’s headquarters. [read more]

Back 2 School Bash to provide footwear, family fun

The Auburn Plainsman (August 2021) – Over 60 businesses will fill east Auburn’s Airport Plaza shopping center tomorrow to give families a morning of carnival fun while also fundraising a shoe donation drive for local children and children internationally in Honduras. Cornerstone Family Chiropractic will host its 11th annual Back 2 School Bash tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in partnership with Samaritans Feet, a North Carolina-based nonprofit that provides shoes to children in need of footwear domestically and internationally. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet distributes 350 pairs of shoes, ‘Hope Totes’ to Johnson Country FRYSCs

Paintsville Herald (August 2021) – On Aug. 6, Family Resource and Youth Services Center directors from all elementary schools in Johnson County, including both the Johnson County School District and the Paintsville Independent School District, gathered at Highland Elementary to be presented with 350 pairs of new shoes and hygiene and financial literacy Hope Totes for students in need by representatives from Samaritans Feet and Truist Bank. [read more]

Two New Members Added to Samaritan’s Feet International Board of Directors

Newswire (August 2021) – Samaritan’s Feet International is pleased to announce that Wale Cole and Munya Muvezwa have been elected to serve on the SFI Board of Directors. These two new board members join 14 other board members. The two new members bring a unique set of professional backgrounds and personal experience to the Board of Directors. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet provides 400 Springdale students with new shoes

Opera News (August 2021) – In Springdale, 400 kids will start the new school year with a brand new pair of shoes. Samaritan’s Feet, an organization that provides shoes to local children, supplied kids and families with the shoes Saturday. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet created “shoe lockers” for students of Johnson County

WYMT (July 2021) – Across the nation, when children go to school without basic necessities, the family resource centers in their schools often fill the gap. The resource centers of Johnson County and Paintsville Independent Schools received a gift that will help many children in the area get a “running start” to success. [read more]

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]