Volunteers exchanged hope for humility as they washed the feet of nearly 500 F.L. Stanton and Cleveland Avenue elementary students and adorned them with brand new socks and shoes.
The nonprofit organization behind the experience, Samaritan’s Feet, aims to inspire impoverished children around the world and to offer encouragement to those who need it most.
“All of us today need a positive message, and we’re trying to give a positive message of hope,” said Phil Campbell, Samaritan’s Feet regional director of operations. “That message of hope is dream big dreams, education is the key, and never give up. To have a total stranger come in and serve that message of hope is amazing. They will never forget this day as long as they live.”
Since its founding in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its partners have distributed over 6.8 million pairs of shoes in 108 countries. Volunteers, which included school staff and community members, served about 300 students at F.L. Stanton on Jan. 16 and 200 students at Cleveland Avenue on Jan. 18.