Press Room

Shoe giveaway reaches more than 250 in need

Lovely Citizen (August, 2019)—For the sixth year, Eureka Springs Rotary Club partnered with Samaritan’s Feet to give away more than 250 shoes to local children in need. Rotarian Cathy Handley said families were lined up outside Eureka Springs High School at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, even though the giveaway didn’t begin until 2 p.m. [read more]

Hundreds of Shoes Given to Children in Need

4029 News (August, 2019)—Today at the Springdale Recreation Center children in need got a helping hand – for their feet! Samaritan’s Feet gave away brand new shoes and socks for free to children in need. This is one of seven stops the organization is making in Northwest Arkansas as part of a back to school effort. Samaritan’s Feet identified and registered over 500 children in need to get the proper sizes and styles. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet set for Saturday

Independent Tribune (August, 2019)—The legacy of Samaritan’s Feet began when an aid worker in Lagos, Nigeria gave a pair of athletic shoes to a 9 year old boy named Emmanuel. Those shoes became a symbol of hope to “Manny,” and a catalyst to his love for basketball. Over time his dreams became reality and he earned a scholarship to play basketball in the United States. [read more]

Back-to-school shoe drive through August

The Brookings Register (August, 2019)—A new pair of shoes can help a child start the new year with confidence – in the classroom, with their friends, and to pursue their dreams. That’s why Thrivent Financial has teamed up with Samaritan’s Feet to help bring shoes to children in need. [read more]

Corey LaJoie raises $100,000 for Samaritan’s Feet shoe charity

NBC Sports (August, 2019)—Corey LaJoie will have at least a $100,000 worth of names on his car Sunday during the Cup race at Watkins Glen International (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN). That’s how much money Go Fas Racing’s LaJoie has raised as of Saturday afternoon for the Samaritan’s Feet shoe charity. That total comes three days after LaJoie announced he was foregoing a month’s salary in order to have the charity on his No. 32 Ford this weekend. [read more]

Back2School sends 3,700 children from Virginia and even South Carolina to school with supplies and blessings

Martensville Bulletin (August, 2019)—More than 3,700 children — most of them local — will be starting school with new shoes and school supplies thanks to the Back2School program. An initiative of The Community Fellowship, Back2School has grown to include the involvement of more than 15 churches. [read more]

Corey LaJoie gives up one month’s pay for Samaritan’s Feet

Motorsport Week (August, 2019)—Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie has vowed to give up a month’s pay to help the charity Samaritan’s Feet, which distributes shoes to people in need. He’ll also promote the charity through the paint scheme on his #32 Go FAS Racing Ford during Sunday’s GoBowling.com at The Glen at Watkins Glen International. [read more]

Corey LaJoie forgoes one month’s salary to get favorite charity on his race car

The Athletic (August, 2019)—It was 11:30 p.m. last Monday night, but Corey LaJoie couldn’t sleep. Go Fas Racing didn’t have a sponsor for the upcoming race at Watkins Glen International, which presented LaJoie an opportunity for a wild idea. Actually, it was more of a vision. [read more]

LaJoie to waive full month’s salary to put charity on No. 32 Ford

Nascar.com (August, 2019)—Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie is making some noise on social media for what he won’t be making in the near future — his salary. The pilot of the No. 32 Go Fas Racing Ford Mustang has opted to waive getting paid for a full month in order to put a charitable cause he believes in on the car for this weekend’s events at Watkins Glen International. [read more]

LaJoie Racing for a Cause

Motor Racing Network (July, 2019)—Corey LaJoie is racing for a great cause this weekend as he will help bring awareness to Samaritan’s Feet, a 501 (c)(3) organization, at Watkins Glen International. LaJoie, who is nicknamed “SuperShoe,” is helping fund to put the charity – which gives shoes to people who are in need around the world – on the No. 32 Go Fas Racing Ford. [read more]

Shoe giveaway at Cornerstone Church shows ‘someone cares’

Detroit Free Press (July, 2019)—When 5-year old Myah Jones from Wayne put on her new, purple and silver-speckled shoes for the first time, she couldn’t help but do her happy dance. “She’s going to be the talk of the town!” said volunteer Cynthia Bender. Myah was one of about 500 school-aged children who received new socks and shoes Saturday during the Cornerstone Church and Samaritan’s Feet giveaway event in Wayne. [read more]

Puerto Rico full of lessons, love, and pain

NWA Online (July, 2019)—I can’t say I was fully awake when I boarded the plane at 5am with my first cup of joe in hand. My buddy, Kyle, was not similarly situated. Chatty by nature, he’s one of those “morning people” who’d already guzzled 48 ounces of coffee. He was wound tighter than Dolly Pardon’s girdle at the all-you-can-eat buffet. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet shoe drive begins Thursday

KSFY (July, 2019)—Several Sioux Falls organizations are teaming up to make sure everyone has a proper pair of shoes on their feet. American Bank & Trust, Stride Rite, and Fareway Stores are helping sponsor the drive in the Sioux Falls area.The Samaritan’s Feet shoe drive begins Thursday. [read more]

Texas A&M Basketball to Embark on Foreign Trip to Costa Rica

WTAW (July, 2019)—First-year Texas A&M head coach Buzz Williams gets an early start to the 2019-20 season as the Aggies embark on a seven-day trip to Costa Rica later this summer where the team will partake in multiple community service projects in addition to competition, the school announced Friday. The international excursion runs from August 4-10 and includes three games against national all-star teams in the capital city of San José. [read more]

Hornets player donates 200 size 16 shoes to Charlotte-based nonprofit

WSOC (June, 2019)—Finding a size 16 men’s shoe is kind of like finding an expensive needle in a haystack.  Charlotte Hornet Cody Zeller knows all about it. That’s why he is stepping in to help. Zeller is generously donating 200 pairs of size 16 athletic shoes to Samaritan’s Feet. Anyone in the Charlotte area who needs size 16 shoes can register for a free pair. [read more]

Charlotte Horney Cody Zeller knows there are big shoes to fill out there, makes major donation to Samaritan’s Feet

WBTV (June, 2019)—Charlotte Hornets player Cody Zeller will make some young men very happy with a major donation Wednesday to Samaritan’s Feet. The 7-foot-tall Center found out how great the need is for kids and teens who wear the same size he does – a 16. He told Manny Ohonme, the Founder and President of Samaritan’s Feet, he wanted to help. [read more]

365 Students Receive New Shoes

KXNet (May, 2019)—There’s nothing like a new pair of shoes…365 students from Washington Elementary received new shoes and socks today. They also had their feet washed by volunteers from Minot State University, Thrivent Financial and the community. [read more]

One Million Feet campaign puts new shoes on kids

Minot Daily News (May, 2019)—Kids grinned and chattered with volunteers who were washing their feet Wednesday morning at Washington Elementary. All 365 children at the school also got a new pair of shoes and socks Wednesday, thanks to a partnership between Samaritan’s Feet International and Thrivent Member Network – Northland Region. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet helps Washington Elementary students get new shoes

KFYR (May, 2019)—Every student at Washington Elementary School received the gift of new shoes Wednesday. To date they have donated more than 7 million pairs in 390 U.S. cities and 108 countries across the world.Samaritan’s Feet travels the world providing a new pair of athletic shoes to children. “I love my new shoes,” said Washington Elementary students. [read more]

What happened around Philly in April

Generocity (April, 2019)—Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission hosted a sock and shoe distribution on April 27  for those experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. The event was part of the “Philadelphia Cares” effort of the Samaritan’s Feet organization, which invites government leaders, police officers, community members and church leaders to come together to serve those in need. [read more]

Petersburg students overjoyed by gift of shoes, socks from VSU athletes

ABC 8 News (April, 2019)—Hundreds of students at Cool Spring Elementary School are walking around with brand new shoes and socks thanks to some Virginia State University student-athletes. “I feel happy for getting these shoes,” Cool Spring Elementary student Brooklyn Dockery said. [read more]

Elementary schoolers gifted new shoes, socks

NBC 12 (April, 2019)—Hundreds of Petersburg Elementary School students are stepping into spring with a brand new pair of shoes, thanks to some Virginia State University students and Samaritans International. “I’m going to show my mom, and my daddy and my brother my new shoes!” 1st grader Jaywon said, showing off his new sneakers. [read more]

VSU athletes raise thousands to give Petersburg students new shoes, socks

WTVR (April, 2019)—Hundreds of Petersburg Elementary School students are stepping into spring with a brand new pair of shoes, and it’s all thanks to local college athletes. Virginia State University Athletic Department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) teamed up with Samaritan’s Feet International to give 300 students a new pair of shoes and athletic socks Tuesday. The giveaway took place at Cool Spring Elementary School Tuesday. [read more]

SDSU’s Stiegelmeier Honored By Samaritan’s Feet

Brookings Register (April, 2019)—South Dakota State University football coach John Stiegelmeier has been named one of three 2019 “Barefoot Coaches of the Year” by Samaritan’s Feet International. Stiegelmeier, who has served as Jackrabbit head coach since 1997, is joined by St. John’s men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson and Eastern Kentucky baseball coach Edwin Thompson as this year’s recipients. [read more]

Jacks Coach Honored

WNAX (April, 2019)—South Dakota State University football coach John Stiegelmeier has been named one of three 2019 “Barefoot Coaches of the Year” by Samaritan’s Feet International. Stiegelmeier, who has served as Jackrabbit head coach since 1997, is joined by St. John’s men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson and Eastern Kentucky baseball coach Edwin Thompson as this year’s recipients. [read more]

Local Walmart employees join with nonprofit to provide foot washing, free shoes to elementary school kids

St George News (April, 2019)—Hundreds of students at Coral Canyon Elementary School had their feet washed and received new shoes from local Walmart employees Tuesday morning as part of a global effort to provide shoes for children and spread “love, hope and inspiration.” [read more]

Republic Airways sponsors ‘Plane Pull’ to raise money for children’s foundations

WTHR (April, 2019)—Dozens of people are competing to see who can pull a 24-ton plane the fastest. The competition is all to raise money for organizations that help kids in need. Republic Airways sponsored the plane pull at the Indianapolis International Airport. [read more]

Community’s message of hope delivered one pair of shoes at a time at Samaritan’s Feet event

Herald Citizen (April, 2019)—Volunteers came together to put shoes on children’s feet, while also brightening the soul of the entire community. On Friday, March 29, groups of volunteers connected to the Huntersville Cares initiative, partnering with the Samaritan’s Feet International organization, worked together to deliver socks, shoes and a heightened sense of hope to students at Blythe Elementary School. [read more]

International Nonprofit & Walmart Give New Shoes to Rogers Kids

NWA (March, 2019)—Rogers youngsters were given new shoes on Thursday thanks to an international nonprofit that aims to put shoes on kids. Students at Grace Hill Elementary received the shoes thanks to Samaritan’s Feet and Walmart. Walmart shoe department employees and Samaritan’s Feet representatives volunteered to deliver the shoes. [read more]

Lipscomb students help distribute shoes to elementary students

WSMV (March, 2019)—Metro school students went home with a new pair of shoes on Wednesday. Business students at Lipscomb University teamed up with Samaritan’s Feet International to provide 400 students new shoes. Children at Carter Lawrence Elementary had their feet washed by volunteers and received a new pair of socks and shoes. [read more]

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]