Jeanette McGhee of Lady’s Island smiles at Aaliyah Brodus, 6, as she adjusts her socks while helping her to try on tennis shoes during a shoe giveaway hosted by Tidal Creek Fellowship and Samaritan’s Feet on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Lady’s Island Elementary School. Volunteers with Tidal Creek Fellowship distributed more than 600 pairs of shoes to students at St. Helena and Lady’s Island Elementary Schools as part of their 20th anniversary celebration. Delayna Earley/The Island News

Charity, church give free shoes to elementary school students


From staff reports

Samaritan’s Feet and Tidal Creek Fellowship gave away more than 600 pairs of athletic shoes to elementary school students at two events last week in Beaufort.

Volunteers from Tidal Creek and the community served the students one-on-one, fit them with their new shoes, and tried to encourage them. Each student receives a “Hope Tote” orange bag containing new athletic shoes, socks, a hygiene kit, and an encouraging Hope Note message written from someone around the world.

The two events were Sept. 6 at St. Helena Elementary School and Sept. 8 at Lady’s Island Elementary.

Tidal Creek Fellowship was the local sponsor of these events. The church wanted to give back to the community in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the church. Over the past several months, the church fundraised for these events by holding a barefoot gala with a silent auction and accepting donations.

Samaritan’s Feet is a 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization that serves and inspires hope in people by providing shoes as the foundation to a spiritual and healthy life resulting in the advancement of education and economic opportunities. Since its founding in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its partners have served more than 8.9 million people in 108 nations and 530 U.S. cities. For more information about Samaritan’s Feet International, visit www.SamaritansFeet.org.

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