Shoes. Something most of us take for granted every day. Something that in my house can honestly be a nuisance. The fact is, I don’t have enough room in my closet for all of my shoes. And then there’s the size 12 sneakers my 16 year old boy leaves laying around the house that I trip over at least a few times a day.
It’s hard to believe that something most of us have in excess is the very thing that can change the life of a child. It’s also hard to believe that right here in our community almost 3,000 school aged children were in need of shoes to start this school year.
And that’s where Samaritan’s Feet comes in. Samaritan’s Feet is a faith based humanitarian relief organization that uses shoes to show God’s love and compassion to other people. The unique aspect of Samaritan’s Feet is how they give the shoes away. Volunteers wash the feet of every recipient as they receive their new pair of shoes.
“Most people don’t wake up in the morning fired up to go wash a stranger’s feet. It’s not natural to us. But there’s a reason why Jesus did it. He was turning the world upside down in the sense that if you’re going to be a leader you need to be a servant.” Graham Gibbs, Executive Director US Projects and Operations.
There is a need for shoes in our community today, and worldwide. To be able to relieve a family of the cost of shoes is important, but Samaritan’s Feet is really more about the larger picture that God will use the interaction to change somebody’s life.
There are many ways you and your community can get involved in supporting Samaritan’s Feet. Your church or business can host a distribution day, you can volunteer your time to be part of washing feet, and presenting a child with their new shoes, and this month you can partner with KLRC as we collect shoes and socks for Samaritan’s Feet as part of KLRC’s Pay it Forward. You can donate online as part of our Virtual Shoe Drive, or join us November 19th at Arvest Bank on Pleasant Grove in Rogers from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm to drop off your donation of new athletic shoes and new socks.