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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]

New Shoes for Dayton Students

The River City News (August, 2018)—Samaritan’s Feet arrived in the Northern Kentucky river cities in recent days and provided new shoes and socks at schools in Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton. At Lincoln Elementary School in Dayton, around 650 students were outfitted in brand new shoes, with help from the organization and local volunteers, which included school staff and Dayton High School students. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet ends NKY visits at Newport Intermediate School — nearly 2000 free shoes in all

Northern Kentucky Tribune (August, 2018)—Samaritan’s Feet, an international nonprofit, fitted more than 500 students at Newport Intermediate on Monday — with the help of an eager group of more than 100 volunteers. It was the fourth and final stop in Northern Kentucky for Samaritan’s Feet. Shoe-fittings occurred at Newport Elementary, Bellevue Elementary and Lincoln Elementary in Dayton last week. [read more]

Children in Bellevue have a fit Thursday, courtesy of Samaritan’s Feet, and a good time is had by all

Northern Kentucky Tribune (August, 2018)—Samaritan’s Feet continued its four-day mission to provide more than 2,000 new shoes for children in Northern Kentucky schools. After providing shoes for 450 pre-K through sixth grade students in Newport Wednesday, Samaritan’s Feet was in Bellevue Thursday morning to give new pairs of shoes and socks to children there. [read more]

Nearly 2,000 NKY students get free socks, shoes for new school year

WLWT (August, 2018)—International nonprofit, Samaritan’s Feet is visiting Northern Kentucky for the next few days to help local children get ready to go back to school. Samaritan’s Feet will distribute 1,900 pairs of shoes to students in Newport, Bellevue and Dayton, Kentucky. This is a way to start the school year on the right foot and have every kid feel valued. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet and new shoes for every child make it a very good day at Newport Primary School

Northern Kentucky Tribune (August, 2018)—All in all, it was a very good day for 450 students and over 50 volunteers at Newport Primary School on Wednesday as the school gym was turned into a shoe store. Every student got a new pair of shoes, thanks to Samaritan Feet, an international foundation, who brought their program to Newport Primary. Tomorrow, Samaritan’s Feet will be in Bellvue and in Dayton on Friday. They’ll be back to Newport Intermediate on Monday. [read more]

Raiders return from ‘life changing’ trip

Fairborn Daily Herald (August, 2018)—While most college students are working summer jobs, internships or making up classes, the Wright State University men’s basketball team traveled to the Dominican Republic in early August. Their time was spent putting shoes on the feet of children from the Caribbean country located on the island of Hispaniola. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Shoe Giveaway Saturday

Keloland (August, 2018)—Hundreds of Sioux Falls school kids will walk into their classrooms next week sporting a brand-new pair of sneakers.  That’s because volunteers will be handing-out the footwear Saturday as part of a distribution sponsored by the faith-based, non-profit Samaritan’s Feet. [read more]

Shoe giveaway reaches 280 needy residents

Lovely County Citizen (August, 2018)—For the fifth year, community members joined together to provide Carroll County kids with shoes. The families patiently stood in line, waiting until volunteers led them into a room with shoes neatly arranged on white tables. Once in the room, the volunteers washed the kids’ feet and found shoes to fit them. [read more]

Community members wash feet, distribute free shoes at Roanoke Rescue Mission

Martinsville Bulletin (August, 2018)—When the doors opened early Saturday afternoon, the line to get inside the G. Wayne Fralin Free Clinic for the Homeless had already snaked around the building and spilled into a nearby parking lot. Regulars at the Roanoke Rescue Mission waited anxiously for their turn to experience the proverbial washing of the feet and slide on a brand new pair of shoes and socks. [read more]

Fox Hill Children Get Free Shoes Thanks To Wildcats

Tribune 242 (August, 2018)—The Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball programme launched their Big Blue Bahamas Tour with a community outreach initiative. The Wildcats partnered with Samaritan’s Feet International to conduct a free shoe distribution to children in the Fox Hill area at Faith Assembly of God, Johnson Road and Scott Alley. Team members and head coach John Calipari washed the feet of over 150 children and supplied them with new pairs of socks and sneakers. [read more]

Wildcats give back in the Bahamas

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Harrisonville back-to-school fair provides backpacks, haircuts and self-esteem

Kansas City Star (August, 2018)— Thanks to Monday’s Bright Futures Back-to-School Fair, hundreds of Harrisonville School District students will have a brighter beginning to the new school year. Since 2014, the school district has hosted this event to provide students in need with items essential for starting the school year. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet and University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Team Distribute Shoes to 150 Bahamian Children in Need

Lex 18 (August, 2018)— Today, the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team, head coach John Calipari and other staff partnered with Samaritan’s Feet International and its founder, Manny Ohonme to serve 150 children from impoverished communities in Nassau, Bahamas. [read more]

Metro Atlanta students get shoes in back-to-school giveaway

Fox 5 Atlanta (August, 2018)— A local organization is making sure kids are headed back to school in style. Samaritan’s Feet International gave away 650 pairs of shoes at a back-to-school shoe distribution. [read more]

A Call to Serve: Volunteers minister to students at Back2School event

Martinsville Bulletin (August, 2018)—Close to 2,900 school-age children were served through this year’s Back2School event, held at 12 area church sites Saturday, said Pastor Michael Harrison, the director of the event. Each child received new shoes and socks. A volunteer washed the student’s feet and talked to him about his or her dreams. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet event shoes children

The Bryan Times (August, 2018)—Held at the Williams County Family YMCA, it was the third time Bard hosted the event since 2014. Youth at the event had their feet washed and received a new pair of shoes. Scott Bard, vice president of sales administration for Bard Manufacturing Company and an organizer of the event, said the company purchased 175 pairs of shoes to give away on Saturday morning. [read more]

Raiders on a mission, headed to Dominican Republic

Dayton Daily News (July, 2018)—The good times rolled for the Wright State University men’s basketball program last season. There were 25 wins, a Horizon League tournament championship, lots of individual and coaching honors and a rare appearance in the NCAA Division I tournament. Now, as junior guard Cole Gentry confirmed, the hunter (Raiders) has become the hunted. There will be no surprise attack by WSU on unsuspecting league brethren. [read more]

International nonprofit teams up with NKY schools to give students new shoes

Fox 19 (July, 2018)—Brand new shoes are coming to some northern Kentucky schools, and they’re expected to put a pep in the step of students who may be struggling. Newport Independent Schools, Dayton Independent Schools, and Bellevue Independent Schools are taking part in the program. At Newport Intermediate, school leaders said the need for shoes is immediate because 15 percent of the district’s students are considered to be “living in transition” or homeless, and 91 percent of their students fall below the federal poverty level. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet bringing new shoes for every child to Newport, Dayton, Bellevue public schools

Northern Kentucky Tribune (July, 2018)—Three Northern Kentucky nonprofits have teamed up with a national nonprofit, Samaritan’s Feet, to see that every pre-K through 6th-grade student in Newport, Bellevue and Dayton public schools get new shoes for the coming school year. Southbank Partners, Corporex Foundation, and the NKyTribune are local sponsors for the project which involves nearly 2,000 students. [read more]

The Indy Urban League threw a party to give kids supplies and treats before school starts

Indy Star (July, 2018)—In 2015, about 500 families showed up for the Indianapolis Urban League’s Back-to-School Block Party. Fast forward three years to Saturday’s bash, and that number stood between 2,000 and 3,000, league president and CEO Tony Mason said. The annual party gives away backpacks full of supplies to kids to defray back-to-school costs for families in need. [read more]

Bard hosting third Samaritan’s Feet event Saturday

Bryan Times (July, 2018)—For the third time in six years, Bard Manufacturing will host a Samaritan’s Feet event. From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Williams County Family YMCA in Bryan, more than 100 pairs of shoes will be given away to preschool through the sixth grade students. [read more]

Free shoe giveaway set at Boys and Girls Club Saturday

Kentucky New Era (July, 2018)—Samaritan’s Feet in cooperation with the local Walmart Distribution Center and Transportation Office and the Boys and Girls Club of Hopkinsville-Christian County will host a back to school shoe distribution for children in the Christian County area 10 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club, 1600 Walnut St. [read more]

College basketball: Scott Nagy, Wright State to take trip to Dominican Republic to aid Haitian community

NCAA (July, 2018)—Yes, last season, Wright State won a surprising 25 games, the Horizon League title and got the automatic berth before losing to co-SEC champ Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA tournament last March. All is well for Wright State on the court under Scott Nagy. Now, it’s time to do the right thing off the court. [read more]

The WNBA champions weren’t invited to the White House. Instead, they gave shoes to kids.

The Washington Post (June, 2018)—This year, Moore and the Lynx traded speeches and photo ops in the East Room of the presidential mansion for a trip to southeast D.C., where the team spent the afternoon handing out Jordan brand shoes to more than 300 elementary school students and shooting hoops on the Payne Elementary School playground. [read more]

Champion Lynx spend day of service at Washington school

USA Today (June, 2018)—The Minnesota Lynx, despite winning the WNBA championship last season, did not receive an invite to the White House. When the team came to Washington to take on the Mystics on Thursday, they found a different way to celebrate. Players and coaches came down for their game a day early, to hand out shoes to kids in Washington. The team partnered with Samaritan’s Feet for a day of service. [read more]

WNBA champions to hold community service event in DC after not getting White House invite

The Hill (June, 2018)—The WNBA team will partner with Samaritan’s Feet Shoes of Hope Distribution, a nonprofit organization that provides shoes to children, to commemorate winning their fourth WNBA championship with a community service event at Payne Elementary, the team said in a press release. [read more]

Lynx to Commemorate 2017 WNBA Championship Through Community Service in D.C.

KSTP (June, 2018)—The Minnesota Lynx will team up with a nonprofit to commemorate the team’s 2017 WNBA championship and promote a healthy lifestyle. On Wednesday, the team will host a service event with Samaritan’s Feet Shoes of Hope Distribution at Payne Elementary School in Washington D.C., according to a release from the team. [read more]

Southern Utah School Receives New Shoes for Every Student

Good4Utah (May, 2018)—Children in Southern Utah received new shoes Tuesday by an organization whose mission is to provide hope to kids all over the globe. At La Verkin Elementary, 550 students are getting new shoes. “Aren’t you excited?” “Yes!,” said seven-year-old Kegan who walked to school today in the rain. “He said that his feet got wet this morning,” said the volunteer washing Kegan’s feet. [read more]

Hundreds of Kids Receive New Shoes in Anderson Co.

WSPA (April, 2018)—Hundreds of elementary school students in Anderson County left school on Thursday with a brand new pair of shoes. The organization Samaritans Feet travels around the world providing shoes and socks to underserved populations. This is only the second time they’ve come to Anderson County and on Thursday at Varennes Elementary they had dozens of volunteers helping out including some Anderson County sheriffs deputies. [read more]

Candlewood Elementary Students Receive New Sneakers

KENS5 (April, 2018)—At first glance, the Candlewood Elementary School gym looked a little strange. Instead of competition, the gym was filled with compassion – in a variety of colors. “They came in here shy, but they left out here with a big ol’ smile,” said Rick Cepeda, one of the event workers. The organization Samaritans’ Feet teamed up with Walmart to give every student at the school brand-new shoes. That’s about 485 kids. [read more]

Elementary Students Get New Shoes Courtesy of Samaritan’s Feet Organization

KSAT (April, 2018)—More than 400 students at a local elementary school received new shoes courtesy of a charitable organization called Samaritan’s Feet and Walmart. Staff members at Candlewood Elementary School said 485 students had their feet washed by volunteers before they were fitted with new socks and shoes. “It’s a great opportunity for connection between volunteer and child. These children are valuable, precious,” Samaritan’s Feet Executive Director Graham Gibbs said. “For a stranger to come in and connect with them and give them a new pair of shoes.” [read more]

‘A Day of Hope’ Brings a Message of Love to Horry County Children

My Horry News (April, 2018)—The backpacks filled with school supplies, the haircuts and the new shoes are all important to give to children at A Day of Hope. But the most important thing they get will be the message that Jesus loves them. So says Sheila Karsevar, the founder of the event, planned for Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. [read more]

Missionaries Wash Buchanan Kids Feet – Handout Special Anti-microbial Shoes

Front Page Africa (March, 2018)—The founder of the Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation (ATDMF), Mrs. Saya Doe Sio, along with her husband, Francis K. Sio, a board member and a guest was joined by four white American Christian missionaries, who showed the love of Jesus Christ to kids in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, by washing their feet with clean water as Christ did in the Bible to his disciples. [read more]

Shoes and Socks for Kids

KLRC (March, 2017)—This year, we are excited to be partnering with Samaritan’s Feet. Samaritan’s Feet 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. Samaritan’s Feet has a local office and works with children in Northwest Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma to provide shoes and socks to children living in poverty. Approximately 54% of children in Arkansas live in low-income families. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Partners with CIAA to Help Children ‘Walk into their Destiny’

The Undefeated (March, 2018)—In the packed gym of Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and the global humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Feet worked busily to change children’s lives. Around the gym you could see stations set up where young students could get their feet washed and be fitted with a new pair of shoes. Many of the people assisting at these stations were CIAA athletes. [read more]

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

Newswire (February, 2018)—Samaritan’s Feet International is pleased to announce that Jacqie McWilliams and Henry Santos have been elected to serve on the SFI Board of Directors. These two new board members join eight other Board members. McWilliams and Santos both bring a unique set of professional backgrounds and personal experience to the Board of Directors. [read more]

University of Jamestown Hosting First Samaritan’s Feet Shoe Drive

News Dakota (February, 2018)—The University of Jamestown will be raising awareness and shoe donations during a doubleheader Friday, February 9th. Head Women’s Basketball Coach Greg Ulland and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Danny Neville, along with their staff, will be coaching the games in their bare feet to help bring awareness to the need for shoes both in the U.S. and around the world. [read more]

Jimmie Coaching Staffs Going Barefoot

Jamestown Sun (February, 2018)—University of Jamestown head men’s basketball coach Danny Neville will be straying from his normal pregame routine Friday at Harold Newman Arena. “It’s going to be a little weird,” Neville said. “I’ll probably be getting a pedicure.” Neville and his coaching staff, along with Jimmie women’s head basketball coach Greg Ulland and his staff, will all be coaching barefoot during their North Star Athletic Association conference doubleheader against visiting Bellevue University. It’s all part of University of Jamestown’s inaugural Samaritan’s Feet barefoot basketball games and shoe drive. [read more]

Cavs Support Samaritan’s Feet

Cuthbertson High School (January, 2018)-“Creating a world with zero shoeless children.” That is the mission of Samaritan’s Feet, an organization that shares a message of hope and love through washing the feet of impoverished children in the U.S. and around the world and adorning them with new shoes. The Samaritan’s Feet website states that 1.5 billion people are infected with foot-borne diseases that could be prevented with shoes and shoes are the fifth most needed item by students in the U.S. [read more]

Perfect Fit

Wright State University (January, 2018)-When players on the Wright State men’s basketball team laced up their sneakers to play the visiting Titans from Detroit on Jan. 26, their coach Scott Nagy arrived shoeless. By coaching a game barefoot, Nagy tries to raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet, a global humanitarian organization that provides shoes for children around the world. [read more]

Semrau Named 2018 Barefoot Coach of the Year

Seminoles.com (January, 2018)-Samaritan’s Feet International proudly announces that Sue Semrau, Head Women’s Basketball Coach for Florida State University, has been selected as the 2018 “Barefoot Coach of the Year.” The award will be presented to Semrau pre-game at the women’s basketball game on Sunday, January 28 against Notre Dame at 4 p.m. at the Donald Tucker Center. [read more]

James Matthews School Participates in Shoe Event

The Commercial (January, 2018)-James Matthews Elementary School, led by Principal Leondra Savage, was adopted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Aramark in honor of Samaritan’s Feet National Day of Service Shoe Distribution Program. Samaritan’s Feet is a non-profit organization that provides new shoes and socks to children around the world. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Delivers Hundreds of New Shoes to Kids

WTHR (January, 2018)—Hundreds of kids are going home from school with a new pair of shoes.
As part of its National Day of Service campaign, Samaritan’s Feet topped by Arlington Woods Elementary Thursday. Principal Tihesha Henderson says it’s important to instill a message of hope. “Our students come to school with so much baggage and we’re trying to empower them and encourage them to have hope for the future. To know that better days are coming soon. To know that they can be whatever they want to be in life as long as they work hard at it.” [read more]

Coach Sue Semrau of Florida State University Named 2018 Barefoot Coach of the Year by Samaritan’s Feet

Newswire (January, 2018)—Samaritan’s Feet International proudly announces that Sue Semrau, Head Women’s Basketball Coach for Florida State University, has been selected as the 2018 “Barefoot Coach of the Year.” The award will be presented to Semrau pre-game at the women’s basketball game on Sunday, January 28 against Notre Dame at 4:00 p.m. at the Donald Tucker Center (505 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32301). Semrau is the first female coach to receive this award and joins John Calipari of the University of Kentucky, Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics (formerly of Butler University), and Ron Hunter of Georgia State University as recipients. [read more]

Aramark, UAPB Distribute 500 Pairs of Shoes to Jefferson County Youth

UAPB News (January, 2018)—Aramark employees and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) hosted a Samaritan’s Feet event recently in observance of the National Day of Service. The volunteers, who were a mix of Aramark employees, UAPB students and student-athletes, and Pine Bluff community members distributed 500 pairs of new athletic shoes to pre-registered local children that attend the district’s schools. [read more]

Local Coach Barefoot on the Court

WDTN (January, 2018)—A local basketball coach will not be wearing shoes on the court Friday for a fundraiser. The Wright State University coach is going barefoot and bringing awareness to an organization called Samaritan’s Feet. This organization distributes socks and shoes to those in need in countries all over the world. [read more]

Hundreds Blessed During a Day of Service

ABC 3340 (January, 2018)—Saturday, the cafeteria of Central Park Elementary school was flooded with volunteers from all over the city making a difference in the lives of all who passed through the door. The event was part of the National Day of Service campaign by Samaritan’s Feet. Saturday’s rendition was a collaboration between Samaritan’s Feet, Mission Alabama and Birmingham School Board Representative Sonja Smith. [read more]

Southside Elementary’s Dara Fontenot Passes out Shoes, Socks to Children in Baton Rouge for Service Project

Livingston Parish News (January, 2018)—Dara Fontenot, a Southside Elementary student who serves as her 4-H club’s reporter, attended a Samaritan’s Feet Event in Baton Rouge in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15. The event was held at the YMCA and was sponsored by Aramark and Walmart. Samaritan’s Feet provides the opportunity for volunteers from diverse backgrounds to join together, symbolizing a unified effort of becoming the “Beloved Community” of which Dr. King dreamed. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Will Give Away Shoes

Selma Times Journal (January, 2018)—Charlotte-based non-profit Samaritan’s Feet will be joining forces with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for its National Day of Service campaign. On Jan 17 and 19, during the week of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national observance, the two non-profits will be serving a total of 500 people in the Montgomery and Selma areas by washing their feet and giving them a new pair of shoes. [read more]

EKU Baseball Team Partners with Samaritan’s Feet to Help Local Kids

Richmond Register (January, 2018)—The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team served more than 50 local children by washing their feet and giving them a new pair of shoes on Monday at Alumni Coliseum. The event was part of the National Day of Service campaign by Samaritan’s Feet. After washing each child’s feet and fitting them with a new pair of shoes, the children (kindergarten through fifth grade), were able to test out their new shoes by playing games. This was the second year the baseball team has held this event. [read more]

1,000 Alabama Students to Get New Shoes

WSFA (January, 2018)—The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday has inspired many to dedicate the late Civil Rights activist’s birthday to a day of service. One organization is using his legacy to give back to 1,000 kids in Selma and Montgomery. Samaritan’s Feet, a humanitarian aid organization, has dedicated their group to providing children with shoes and will provide a thousand pairs to children in the Montgomery and Selma school systems. [read more]

Charity Gives Hundreds of Local Children Shoes

Lex 18 (January, 2018)—EKU baseball players teamed up with a charity to give hundreds of local kids shoes Monday. The charity organization Samaritan’s Feet provided the shoes. EKU’s head baseball coach and players washed more than 150 children’s feet Friday afternoon as part of the National Day of Service campaign. Children grades Kindergarten- 5th had their feet washed and received a new pair of shoes. [read more]

MLK Day Empowers Citizens To Strengthen The Nation Through Service

Public Now (January, 2018)—On Monday, January 15, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps and the nation’s volunteering efforts, will lead thousands of organizations around the country to make it ‘a day on, not a day off’ in honor of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service. [read more]

EKU Baseball Will Give Shoes to 250 Children on MLK Day

Lex 18 (January, 2018)—Eastern Kentucky University’s baseball team will serve approximately 250 local children grades K-5 by washing their feet and giving them a new pair of shoes on Monday. The event is part of the National Day of Service campaign by Samaritan’s Feet. The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym inside Alumni Coliseum on the EKU campus. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Volunteers Give Away Shoes

WTVQ (January, 2018)—Samaritan’s Feet is hosting an event for their National Day of Service campaign Monday, January 15th. According to a Samaritan’s Feet release, Richmond area residents, including Eastern Kentucky University’s Head Baseball Coach, Edwin Thompson, his staff, and student athletes will be volunteering for the event at EKU’s Alumni Coliseum from 1-3 p.m [read more]

Team to Serve Local Children on MLK Day

EKU (January, 2018)—Eastern Kentucky University’s baseball team will serve approximately 250 local children grades K-5 by washing their feet and giving them a new pair of shoes on Monday. The event is part of the National Day of Service campaign by Samaritan’s Feet. The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym inside Alumni Coliseum on the EKU campus. Three special guests are scheduled to attend the event: Jeanean Hampton, lieutenant governor of Kentucky; Thomas Massie, United States representative for Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District; and Dr. Gary French, pastor and founder of Life Renewed Ministries. [read more]

South Dakota Coaches Go Shoeless at Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic

WCNC (January, 2018)—The Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls played host to the third annual Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic on Saturday. This high school boys basketball extravaganza event consisted of sixteen teams playing in eight games. Fourteen of the teams were from South Dakota, while the remaining two teams came from Minnesota and Iowa. Coaches were given the option to coach their games without shoes on. The goal is to help raise awareness to the many people of the world who go shoeless on a daily basis. [read more]

Providence Day Collects 300 Pairs of Shoes for Samaritan’s Feet

WCNC (January, 2018)—Athletes at Providence Day School used the basketball court as a platform to help those less fortunate Friday. The school held its sixth annual shoe drive during their varsity games against York Prep. The school asked every fan who came to the games to bring a brand-new pair of shoes to donate to Samaritan’s Feet. “We want these kids to understand that shoes are not just a fashion accessory, but a necessity,” said one administrator. [read more]

Local Volunteers Wash Feet, Give Shoes to Those in Need

KSFY (January, 2018)—Volunteers in Sioux Falls gathered Wednesday at the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House to serve hundreds of people by washing their feet and giving them a new pair of shoes. The event was organized by Samaritan’s Feet. It was the nonprofit’s first event of the year and part of its 2018 National Day of Service campaign. Organizers said many people are in need of a new pair of shoes, but they are also in need of kindness and compassion from others. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Distributes First Shoes of the Year

KDLT (January, 2018)—The nonprofit organization, Samaritan’s Feet held the first shoe distribution of the year at the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House for their 2018 National Day of Service Campaign in Sioux Falls. Three hundred people received not only new shoes, but something a little more personal. Buckets of soapy water and towels were supplied to volunteers to wash the guests feet. People were also provided a clean pair of socks with their shoes. [read more]

Come for the Shoes, Stay for the Conversation

KELO (January, 2018)—You might take them for granted, but not everyone can always count on a good pair of shoes. Today at the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House in Sioux Falls, volunteers with Samaritan’s Feet washed feet and handed out new shoes to those in need. “I can actually walk out to my car and not fall anymore,” Lee Maylone said. Maylone lives at the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House. She got these new shoes on Wednesday. [read more]

Teaming Up With BDHH and St. Francis House

KELO (January, 2018)—If you’re in a need of a new pair of shoes or you’d like to help serve those less fortunate, you’ll want to know about an event on Wednesday at the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House. Samaritan’s Feet will be at the homeless shelter handing out footwear to its guests and guests of the St. Francis House. The first distribution of 2018 for Samaritan’s Feet will have a big impact on the homeless population and those working to get back on their feet. [read more]

29 Years of Community Christmas Dinners

WPDE (December, 2017)— What started with only 50 people has grown to a tri-county event that feeds around 7,500. So how much food does it take to feed thousands at the Community Christmas Dinner? “6,800 pounds of turkey, 3,300 pounds of ham, 8,000 servings of dessert,” said Janice Ash Sialiano. Janice Sialiano works year round to make sure she has everything she needs to throw the Community Christmas Dinner. [read more]

2018 Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic Schedule Announced

ESPN (December, 2017)—Sioux Falls O’Gorman and Tea Area will be among teams participating in the annual Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic at the Sanford Pentagon. The 2018 Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic at the Sanford Pentagon takes place on Saturday, January 6th and features eight high school boys basketball games. Games will begin at 10:30 AM and continue throughout the day with start times being every 90 minutes on Heritage Court. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Receives Three-Year Grant from National Service Agency

Charlotte, NC (December, 2017)—Samaritan’s Feet has been selected by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that leads the nation’s volunteering and civic engagement efforts, as the recipient of a three-year grant ($106,000 a year) to serve 6,000 underprivileged children and adults in 12 strategic cities across America. These events will be held in January in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s National Day of Service, promoting community service and volunteerism. [read more]

Reconcile Charlotte Brings Power of Love, Healing to City

WSOC (December, 2017)—Hundreds of people in the Charlotte community will come together Saturday and take part in an event that will bring love and healing to those in need. The Reconcile Charlotte event was created in 2016 to help unite people after the unrest following the Keith Scott riots. The Charlotte-based nonprofit, Samaritan’s Feet, helped plan the event. [read more]

Hundreds of Elementary Students in Winston-Salem Get New Shoes

My Fox 8 (December, 2017)—Hundreds of Mineral Springs Elementary students walked into the gym not knowing what to expect. They knew there would be special guests in the building, but they didn’t know they would come bearing gifts. More than 650 children were given a new pair of shoes thanks to a partnership between Samaritan’s Feet and BB&T. [read more]

Up to 1,000 Receive New Shoes in ‘Reconcile Charlotte’ Day

Charlotte, NC (December, 2017)—On Saturday, December 9, with the support of Publix Charities, a shoe distribution beginning at 9:00 a.m will take place at MLK Middle School (500 Billmark Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28213). The first 1,000 individuals will receive a new pair of new shoes and socks and have their feet washed by community volunteers. This is the second annual Reconcile CharloVe shoe distribution event. [read more]

World Emblem Donates to Samaritan’s Feet

Crossroads Today (November, 2017)—Randy Carr, CEO & President of World Emblem donated $5,000 to Samaritan’s Feet. An organization that inspires hope through the gift of shoes, the act of washing feet, and encouragement to those who need it most.People without shoes face dangers like laceration, fungus, and insect bites that can lead to infection, disease, and even death. [read more]

Events Planned to Draw Attention to Homelessness

Rapid City Journal (November, 2017)—Local agencies have a schedule of events planned to commemorate National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which is Nov. 11-19. A news release from the HOPE Center, which says it is coordinating the events in conjunction with the Black Hills Homeless Coalition Youth Taskforce and other agencies and groups, has scheduled to bring awareness to the plight of people who live in poverty or without a home. [read more]

Students Receive Socks, Shoes, and Caring

Salisbury Post (November, 2017)—The multipurpose room at Isenberg Elementary is a sea of orange — orange shirts worn by volunteers, and orange chairs set up in pairs, one facing the other. As Isenberg students file in and are led to their seats, volunteers clap and cheer. Then, they untie the students’ shoes and begin to wash their feet. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Announces Its 2017 Person of the Year

Charlotte, NC (November, 2017)—Samaritan’s Feet International is proud to announce that Patrick Thean is the 2017 “Samaritan’s Feet Person of the Year.” Thean, CEO of Rhythm Systems, raised the most funds, impacting the most children, from among ten honorees who participated in the 2017 Samaritan’s Feet Hope Giver program. “I am humbled to have been selected as Samaritan’s Feet’s Person of the Year. My only purpose was to put more shoes on children’s feet. We soared past my fundraising goal by 184%. Together, we raised $27,550 which serves 1,377 children,” said Thean. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Coming to Petersburg Primary

Hageland Progressive (November, 2017)—Chesterfield County First Steps and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center through Samaritan’s Feet will provide new shoes to every student at Petersburg Primary School on Nov. 14. Samaritan’s Feet is a Charlotte-based organization that shares a message of hope and love through washing the feet of impoverished children around the world and providing them with new shoes. [read more]

Our Good Deeds

Rapid City Journal (November, 2017)—Winter seems to have arrived, and along with it a need for more blankets at the HOPE Center in Rapid City. A news release from the organization says recent demand for blankets has been great, and its supply is “desperately low.” The center is asking community members to donate new or used blankets or adult-sized sleeping bags. [read more]

Voices of Hope Concert This Sunday in Spencer

Salisbury Post (November, 2017)—The 16th annual Voices of Hope concert will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in Library Park. Organizer Lori Yang — who directs the Michael Yang Foundation — says even though the start time is later this year, the format will remain the same. Through an afternoon of music and a slide show, families can come together to remember children who have died, she said. [read more]

North Texas Churches, Charity Give Away 2,000 Pairs of Shoes to Kids

NBC 5(October, 2017)—Over the weekend, more than 2,000 North Texas children were offered a new pair of shoes along with encouragement. Twelve North Texas churches and organizations organized volunteers to work with the charity Samaritan’s Feet. The nonprofit works to inspire hope through the gift of shoes, the act of washing feet, and by giving some much-needed encouragement to children. [read more]

Samaritan’s Feet Gives 2,000 Dallas Kids Free Shoes

Crossroads Today (October, 2017)—Volunteers from all over North Texas stepped in with Samaritan’s Feet to help kids put their best foot forward. Pastor of Impact Church and Samaritan’s Feet, Dr. Kwesi Kamau described to NewsFix what the nonprofit is all about. “Samaritan’s Feet was started about 14 years ago with a vision to put 10 million shoes on 10 million children’s feet over a 10 year period. We have now moved forward with about 7 million shoes that have now been placed on children’s feet all over the world,” Dr. Kwesi Kamau told NewsFix. [read more]

New Shoes Bring Confidence, Opportunity to Dallas Kids

Fox 4 (October, 2017)—Thousands of Dallas children are walking with confidence thanks to a new pair of shoes. A dozen North Texas churches hosted a show drive with a global organization, Samaritans Feet, at St. Philips School Saturday. Manny Ohonme started Samaritan’s Feet because a pair of new shoes changed his life. A missionary gave Ohonme his first shoes at nine years old when he lived in Nigeria. [read more]

Shoes for Kids

Four States Homepage (October, 2017)—Area kids in need of shoes found help, thanks to a partnership in Neosho today. Cross Church and Samaritan’s Feet teamed up to hand out an estimated 400 pairs of shoes to kids. Samaritan’s Feet received a grant from Wal-Mart to service 2,000 people in Missouri including this trip to Neosho. Not only did the two groups give away shoes, but volunteers also washed the kid’s feet while sharing a special message. [read more]

Churches Unite for Operation Inasmuch

Rockingham Now (October, 2017)—Churches and ministries teamed up on Sept. 23 to bring a surge of love, support and goodwill to Rockingham County in partnership with the national non-profit Operation Inasmuch. With free meals and clothes and acts of service, the churches created a united front to face the needs of the county head on. [read more]

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