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Samaritans Feet Gives Shoes to Hundreds In Valley

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An organization called Samaritans Feet helps kids all around the world walk a little easier, by handing out pairs of shoes.  The program has more than 70,000 volunteers, including dozens here in the F-M area. But it's not just the kids who are benefiting from the program.

"It helps with him getting new shoes or things he needs that I can't support him." says Jessica Kurth who was at the YMCA Sunday with her son Luke.

She is one of many parents bringing home a special gift for her kids. A gift that weighs a little heavier in the hands of her 8-year-old.

"He's like I get new shoes on my birthday?! I'm like yea look what day it is! he was very excited." Jessica laughs.

A simple pair of shoes that means much more to a birthday boy whose family can't always afford many gifts. Around the country, the program donates pairs of new shoes to families who can't afford them. A cause supported by leaders in our community like NDSU Basketball Head Coach Saul Phillips.

"College coaches from all over really using their platform, to be able to bring awareness not only to their players but also to their college. To be able to say we can make a difference and there were children we were able to offer assistance too." says Tracie Ohonme.

Phillips has been known to go barefoot on sidelines to help promote the cause.

"The more I learn about it the more I see it on a day like today physically seeing the people that are getting the shoes it really re-enforces what I believe about this charity all along, it's a pretty neat thing." Phillips says.

300 pairs of feet both big and small went home with a pair of shoes, and for their parents it's about a community that is stepping up to help out.

"I don't even know how to explain, and how to thank everyone here." Jessica says shaking her head.

A thank you volunteers could see on the kids faces, who will now go on showing off their new kicks.

Having a pair of shoes will help children in other countries be protected from foot born diseases and for some help send them to school.

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