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Hundreds of Shoes Donated to Local Kids

Samaritan's Feet International is back in the region donating hundreds of shoes to kids who need them.

The chairtable organization is teaming with Truist (the bank formerly known as BB&T) to provide 850 pairs of shoes at multiple locations around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

One event took place on Saturday, October 24 at City Heights in Covington while another is planned for Tuesday, October 27 at the Brighton Center in Newport. Three hundred people will be served in Newport.

All recipients will receive a “Hope Tote” drawstring book bag that contains a  new pair of athletic shoes, socks, hygiene kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, comb, alcohol wipe, mask, and  washcloth), an encouraging “Hope Note” written by a Truist employee, and a flyer with activities to show kindness and best  practices to stay healthy.  

The Newport event is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Brighton Center's office at 741 Central Avenue. 

“We’re proud to partner with Samaritan’s Feet,” said Calvin Barker, Kentucky and Ohio regional president at Truist. “We share  in their mission to provide hope to children, and fulfilling a basic need of new shoes and socks will make a significant  difference in building better lives.”  

These shoe distributions are some of many that Samaritan’s Feet will host this year around the world as they strives to serve  one million people in 2020 as part of their Million Shoes campaign. So far in 2020, Samaritan’s Feet has distributed over 500,000 pairs of shoes across the United States and around the world.  

-Staff report

Photo: Dayton Independent Schools Superintendent Jay Brewer participates in a Samaritan's Feet event in 2018 (RCN file)