UCA athletes to provide new shoes for needy

More than 300 people will receive a new pair of shoes on Sunday, thanks to a combined effort from Samaritan’s Feet, the University of Central Arkansas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and True Holiness Saints Center.

The event will take place from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at True Holiness Saints Center, situated on Highway 286 East in Conway.

The event is one of 11 shoe distributions being held across the country for the National Day of Service on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. In 2013, Samaritan’s Feet held 21 Shoes of Hope events to celebrate the National Day of Service.

Sunday’s recipients, who have been pre-chosen, will consist of Conway children, elderly and Bethlehem House residents in need.

The UCA SAAC has been involved with Samaritan’s Feet for the past two years, an organization that strives to give shoes to those in need and has specific programs that work through athletic groups to achieve the organization’s goals. UCA, along with thousands of coaches around the country, has participated in “Barefoot for Bare Feet,” where the basketball and volleyball coaches have coached games without shoes to raise awareness for the cause.

Approximately 300 individuals will receive shoes Sunday. The UCA student-athletes participating will wash the feet of the recipients and then put on their new pair of shoes. The Shoes of Hope events provide unique opportunities for the volunteers to encourage, provide comfort, and share hope with those in need.

Samaritan’s Feet has a goal to hand out 1 million shoes in 10 years.



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