Samaritan’s Feet (Samaria)
17 days until REACH 2015! Today’s featured mission agency is Samaritan’s Feet (Samaria – underserved communities and people).
Our Story Is Our Mission: Over 30 years ago, a young Nigerian boy received his first pair of shoes. It changed his life. We want to inspire hope through the gift of shoes, the act of washing feet, and encouragement to those who need it most.
We operate Shoes of Hope, which is a shoe distribution initiative both in the United States and around the world handing out 1,540,000 pair of shoes in 2013 and 2014. Our goal is to bring a life-changing message of hope, love, and compassion to each child or adult we provide shoes to.
Every time we sit across from a child, we not only meet their physical needs with a pair of shoes and socks, but we spend quality time with them asking about their dreams and their lives. These distributions are the outpouring of the Samaritan’s Feet commitment to changing hearts and saving souls and lives forever.
Shoes of Hope distributions are generally one day events where our volunteers and staff welcome participants, share Samaritan’s Feet story of hope, wash their feet, and provide them with a new pair of socks and shoes. Our distributions provide unique opportunities for our individual volunteers, families, small groups, churches, and corporations to encourage, provide comfort, and share hope.
Provide new athletic shoes and socks for needy individuals.
Partner with local schools, corporations, non-profits and faith based organizations, utilizing the power of collaboration to transform communities through service
Encourage students & volunteers with a life changing message of hope & respect for all people.
2.2 billion People living in poverty - hungry, no healthcare, can’t afford education and basic articles of clothing and shoes (World Bank, 2011).
.5 billion people are infected with diseases transmitted through contaminated soil (World Health Organization, 2013).
1 in 3 children experience homelessness in the US (Amer. Inst. for Research, 2014.).
Shoes & socks are #5 & #3 respectively in the “Top 10 Items Needed” by students (Champions for Kids, 2015).
Learn more about Samaritan’s Feet, who they are and how they help at www.samaritansfeet.org.