Counting to Zero

The mission of Samaritan’s Feet is to create a world with zero shoeless people. In September, the organization worked towards that goal by “counting to zero” in two different communities: Perry County, Tennessee and then just a week later, 5,856 miles away, in Agbetikpo Village, Ghana just a week later. Both distributions were historic as people in two entire communities received a pair of new...

A Spotlight on a Perfect World

The whole world is in Clarkston. Refugees from countries like Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, and Eritrea walk up in beautiful, bright colors that only increase the already-glowing cheerfulness of the special community of Clarkston, GA.They’ve arrived hours early to the Amani Women’s Center in the tiny 1.09 square mile town of Clarkston. A line begins to form as they eagerly await the opportunity...

There’s Goodness All Around

“If you had anything to do with this, thank you.” 67-year-old John took just a few seconds to pause from his dancing in the streets of downtown Washington D.C. to share his thoughts with the Samaritan’s Feet team. He added, “I’m enjoying this immensely.”Just moments before, John had received a new pair of shoes, food items, a sleeping bag, and toiletries from the Washington D.C. Police...

Smiling Again in Honduras

In May 2020, 24,900 pairs of shoes arrived in Honduras. But, because of COVID-19, government offices were closed and no legal papers could be issued. This meant the shoes were stuck at the port with no way out. Months of back and forth went by as the Samaritan’s Feet’s Honduras partner, Maria Melgarejo, Founder of GLOW International, worked and prayed tirelessly for a solution. Melgarejo and...

Joining the Family in Appalachia

Small towns are like big families. And the Samaritan’s Feet mission team serving throughout McDowell County, West Virginia instantly saw this in action. As the caravan of trucks made their way down the winding, wet mountain roads, the team arrived at their first distribution in Northfork, West Virginia. The hard morning rain didn’t stop people from walking and driving up to get their new shoes...

The Brothers: A Blessing for Our Family

Brothers Edwin Alexander and Henry Estuardo Reyes live in the Los Limones community in Guatemala. They work in agriculture and their workday begins at 5 a.m. and ends 13 hours later at 6 p.m. During a typical day of work, they earn approximately 40 GTQ, equivalent to $5 USD. Edwin lives with his brother, wife, and two children in a small home with dirt floors and makeshift walls...

The Lost Boys

After a long, winding drive through the lush green mountains of Jamaica, we came to a fork in the road. There were no legible signs directing us, so we had to call for directions. We made our turn onto a narrow dirt road and headed down a steep hill. As soon as we rounded the corner, barefoot boys began running along with our van, jumping on it as we got closer to their home. Their big smiles...

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...