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YBLA Makes an Impact on Ukraine Refugees 5,000 Miles Away

WCCB (March 2022) – A Charlotte-based non-profit organization participated in a service project with Samaritan’s Feet Warehouse to help Ukrainian refugees in Poland on March 26th. The Young Black Leadership Alliance (YBLA)  focuses on the leadership and development of young black students. [read more]

Local organization looks to help those in Ukraine

WTHI (March 2022) – Candles Holocaust Museum and Education Center said it strongly condemns the continued attack on Ukraine. The organization knows people all over the world are looking for ways to help. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Seniors Event to Help Secure the Elderly with Quality Shoes

Dakota News Now (March 2022) – Good Samaritan Society is partnering with Samaritans Feet for its inaugural Samaritans Feet Seniors launch which will expand Samaritans Feets reach and mission of not only zero shoeless children but zero shoeless seniors. [read more]

Baltimore School Students get New Shoes at CIAA Event

WBAL (February 2022) – Students at a west Baltimore school received new shoes thanks to a volunteer event that brought out some familiar faces. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Basketball Tournament is more than just about basketball but also about giving back to the community. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet, CIAA Donate Hundreds of Shoes to Baltimore Students

KRDO (February 2022) – Hundreds of Baltimore students went home with a new pair of shoes Friday, thanks to the CIAA and Samaritan’s Feet. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet joins Bella Vista church to help McDonald County students

Prestigious Scholarships (February 2022) – McDonald County school district families traveled across the Missouri-Arkansas border Saturday, for some help from their neighbors in the next state over. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet donates 600 shoes to Charlotte-area schools

Fox 46 (February 2022) – It was a very special moment for students at Tuckaseegee Elementary School in Charlotte on Friday. Samaritan’s Feet donated two shoe lockers to the school and another one in Charlotte. A total of 600 shoes were donated. [read more]

Samaritans Feet approaching goal set more than a decade ago, but needs community support

Fox46 (January 2022) – Shoes are sorted by size and boxed up. The mission is to ship out more than 100,000 shoes over the next month to meet a goal of about 1.5 million this year. [read more]

DHR Partners With Samaritan’s Feet To Help 10,000 Kids Across The Carolinas

Local Charlotte News (January 2022) – David Hoffman Realty has committed to partnering with Samaritan’s Feet through a $250,000 donation which will help serve 10,000 children across North Carolina and South Carolina. Through this partnership, David Hoffman Realty will make several events possible. [read more]

Shoes Of Love Event To Offer 350 McDonald County Students Athletic Shoes

McDonald County Press (January 2022) – Village Bible Church and Samaritan’s Feet International are working together to provide 350 pairs of athletic shoes to pre-kindergarten through senior students in McDonald County. The Shoes of Love Event, which is set to take place Saturday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Village Bible Church in Bella Vista, will welcome registered shoe recipients. [read more]

ODS Men’s basketball set for Thursday return against UTSA, for now

WAVY (January 2022) – COVID has changed so much about our lives, and that extends to organizations whose purpose is to help those who are less fortunate. Two years ago, the Old Dominion basketball team partnered with Samaritan’s Feet on a Saturday morning at Norfolk’s Jacox Elementary School in an effort to outfit hundreds of kids with new shoes and socks. [read more]

600 Pairs of Children’s Shoes Being Distributed in Muhlenberg County, KY

WBKR (December 2021) – Samaritan’s Feet is an international organization dedicated to inspiring hope in children by “providing shoes as the foundation to a spiritual and healthy life resulting in the advancement of education and economic opportunities.” On New Year’s Day, the non-profit is bringing 600 pairs of “opportunity” to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.  Samaritan’s Feet has teamed up with Central City Church of God for a huge distribution event.  The timing, given the fact that parts of Muhlenberg County are still cleaning up and recovering from devastating December 10th tornadoes, couldn’t be more perfect. [read more]

Good Feet for a Good Cause

WSPA (December 2021) – The Good Feet Store is inviting everyone in making a positive impact by donating socks and gently used or new shoes. Donations benefit Samaritan’s Feet. [read more]

Sports serve as rallying point during disaster

Yahoo Sports (December 2021) – If you ever doubt the impact that sports can have on a community, there’s a simple solution. Just look around. After a slew of tornadoes ravaged western Kentucky two weekends ago, it didn’t take long for people in the surrounding areas to show their generosity. Of course, communities came together to provide support for places like Bremen, Bowling Green, Mayfield and other affected areas in between. [read more]

Kentucky head coach Calipari helps Gov. Beshear with tornado shoe drive

TriState (December 2021) – Sunday afternoon, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear was joined by UK head coach John Calipari, Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart and former UK basketball players Darius Miller and Jack Givens. Along with Samaritans Feet, the group helped pass out shoes to displaced families that were affected in the tornadoes in western Kentucky.[read more]

Gov. Beshear, Lt. Gov. Coleman hand out shoes to displaced Kentuckians

WYMT (December 2021) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman handed out shoes to Kentuckians who had been displaced by the December 10 storms that devastated western Kentucky. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor teamed up with University of Kentucky (UK) mens basketball coach John Calipari and Manny Ohonme, president and CEO of Samaritans Feet, to pass out shoes at two Kentucky state resort parks.[read more]

Gov. Beshear, Lt. Gov. Coleman, and UK Coach Calipari hand out shoes to Kentucky tornado victims

WLKY (December 2021) – Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Coleman had some special guests when handing out shoes to tornado-hit residents of Kentucky. They were joined by UK men’s basketball coach John Calipari and CEO of Samaritan’s Feet, Manny Ohonme, to pass out shoes to displaced Kentuckians staying at two Kentucky state resort parks, according to a press release from the governor’s office.[read more]

Samaritans Feet joins Governor, Coach Calipari and some WIldcats to give away shoes to tornado victims

Northern Kentucky Tribune (December 2021) – Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman were joined Sunday by special guests as they handed out shoes to Kentuckians displaced by the Dec. 10 storms that devastated parts of Western Kentucky. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor teamed up with University of Kentucky (UK) mens basketball coach John Calipari and Manny Ohonme, president and CEO of Samaritans Feet, to pass out shoes to displaced Kentuckians staying at two Kentucky state resort parks. [read more]

Shoes delivered to displaced Kentuckians through Samaritans Feet

Kentucky Today (December 2021) – Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman were joined Sunday by special guests as they handed out shoes to Kentuckians displaced by the Dec. 10 storms that devastated parts of Western Kentucky. The governor and lieutenant governor teamed up with University of Kentucky mens basketball coach John Calipari and Manny Ohonme, president and CEO of Samaritans Feet, to pass out 5,000 pair of shoes to displaced Kentuckians staying at two Kentucky state resort parks. [read more]

Beshear, Calipari join Samaritan’s Feet for shoe donations for tornado victims

WDRB (December 2021) – Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman visited Kentuckians displaced by tornadoes as thousands of shoes were donated in Dawson Springs on Sunday. According to a news release, University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and Samaritan’s Feet CEO Manny Ohonme joined Beshear for the shoe donations. University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart and Wildcat basketball players Darius Miller and Jack Givens also joined. [read more]

Gov. Beshear delivers shoes to tornado displaced Kentuckians

14 News (December 2021) – Governor Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Coleman were joined by special guests to hand out donated shoes to Kentuckians lodged at state resort parks after losing their homes in tornado storms in Western Kentucky. Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Coleman teamed up with University of Kentucky mens basketball coach, John Calipari and CEO of Samaritans Feet, Manny Ohonme at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park in Dawson Springs. [read more]

Governor And Coach Cal Bring Shoes To Tornado Survivors

WKDZ (December 2021) – Governor Andy Beshear and University of Kentucky Basketball Coach John Calipari delivered shoes and a message of hope to tornado survivors at Lake Barkley and Pennyrile State Resort Parks Sunday morning. After returning from Las Vegas early Sunday morning, Coach Cal joined Governor Andy Beshear, Lt. Governor Jaquelyn Coleman, and some UK championship basketball players to deliver shoes to tornado victims staying at both state parks.[read more]

Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Coleman hand out shoes to Western Kentucky tornado victims

Courier Journal (December 2021) – Photos from shoe distribution in Western Kentucky. [see more]

Non-profit donates thousands of shoes to Kentuckians displaced by tornadoes

WHAS (December 2021) – Officials visited two state parks housing displaced Kentuckians to hand deliver some of the thousands of shoes donated by a non-profit group for those impacted by the Dec. 10 tornado outbreak . Governor Andy Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman visited Lake Barkley State Park in Cadiz and Pennyrile Forest State Park in Dawson Springs to meet with those who had lost everything in the storms. [read more]

Join The Good Feet Store for a great cause!

WCNC (December 2021) – Join Good Feet for a good cause in donating new and gently used shoes to benefit local citizens in need. The Good Feet Store is working with non-profit, Samaritan’s Feet, to distribute collected shoe donations as part of a shared mission to improve the lives of others and create a positive impact in the local community. [read more]

Decatur students receive gifts of shoes for Christmas

Eagle Observer (December 2021) – Christmas came a little early Thursday morning for students at Northside Elementary, Decatur Middle and High schools in the form of much-needed footwear. Throughout the day on Thursday, officials and volunteers from the schools and the community, including Decatur Police Chief Steven Grizzle and his officers, gave out bags filled with a new pair of shoes, socks and a few other small necessities during the Shoes-4-Kids event. [read more]

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

CBS DFW (May 2021) – [watch video]

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]