Our Impact

The impact of Samaritan’s Feet goes far beyond the shoes. We love sharing personal stories we’ve seen and heard from the United States and around the world of inspiration, hope, and life-change.

The Perfect Pumas

On November 12, 2016 my son, Ryan, served at his first and only distribution. One of my most memorable moments with Samaritans Feet was at that event when as he and I were packing up, he shared with me that he finally understood why my work with Samaritans Feet mean so much to me. And he said he was proud of me. Ryan was excited to serve at another event on April 25, 2018, but unfortunately, he passed away...

Welcome to Uganda

The sun beat down and smoke filled the air when the wind blew. We approached a home made of mud that filled the scene with a bright orange hue. To the far side of the house, a single tree provided shade. As we walked up to the home, five barefoot children greeted us with big smiles, joyful to have a guest. They should be in school, but their single mother can’t afford to send them right now. The...

Hi, My Name is Nickerson

With a big grin and looking at himself in the camera, Nickerson confidently states in English, “Hi, my name is Nickerson. I am from Haiti. I am seven. My birthday is September 1. I’m going to be eight. I want to help my brothers and sisters.” But not too long ago, sweet Nickerson needed some help himself. Life-saving help. “Nickerson was brought to me in Haiti because he was getting ready to have...

A Special Fit

599 miles. One family drove 599 miles for the opportunity to receive a brand new pair of size 16 shoes and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “Our family had gone back-and-forth all summer about what to do for a family vacation. Once I learned about this special shoe giveaway, we knew immediately that driving to Charlotte was just what we were supposed to do. Our vacation would become a road trip...

The Power of Hope in Philadelphia

“You can’t walk around center city Philadelphia for five minutes without seeing someone who is experiencing homelessness.” Vito Baldini, Director of Mercy Ministry of Liberti Church in Philadelphia, Pa., describes the city he loves so dearly and the hardships his community can face. “Many people who are homeless have to travel far to get their basic needs met. So they may need to travel five to...

The First Few Steps in Puerto Rico

A warm “welcome to Puerto Rico” and a big hug from our bus driver and instant friend, Lily, within ten minutes of landing on the beautiful island were clear signs of the welcoming culture of Puerto Rico. With plans to distribute nearly 1,000 pairs of new shoes in just four days, Samaritan’s Feet would hit the ground running. Lush green mountains and aqua green waters occupy your entire vantage...

Omy, the Young Helper

Ten-year-old Omy stood tall and greeted our team in Puerto Rico with a professional handshake as he introduced himself as a helper at the distribution at his school, Escuela de la Comunidad Emilio del Toro, a specialized school in a poor community of San Juan. He had been selected by the administrator as one of the top English speakers and would help our team distribute 165 pairs of shoes to...

The Impact on a Mother

My children and I moved to Charlotte, N.C. six years ago. I was going through a divorce and I needed to get away. I didn’t know anyone here and didn’t have much with me. We had like one cup, one spoon, and a pack of oatmeal. So I said, “okay God, we’re here and we need you to do some things for us.” Two days after we got here, we heard Samaritan’s Feet was giving out free shoes for children and...

Making Me the Person I Am Today

There was a war in the Republic of Congo where I was living, so my brothers, my Grandma, myself, and a few others moved to Burundi. My Grandma was not able to take care of us financially and I didn’t know where my mom was at that time. But there was a man who started an orphanage for other kids, orphans, and refugees. I became part of their orphanage and was lucky and blessed to be a part it...