365 Students Receive New Shoes

There’s nothing like a new pair of shoes…

365 students from Washington Elementary received new shoes and socks today.

They also had their feet washed by volunteers from Minot State University, Thrivent Financial and the community.

“We’re getting a pedicure like my mom does or something like that, so a lot of happy faces,” said Matt Morken, head men’s basketball coach Minot State.

This is the first year Samaritan’s Feet has donated shoes in Minot. 

Thrivent Financial and non-profit Samaritan’s feet made the event possible.

Washington Elementary was chosen because it has the highest enrollment of kids in need.

In addition to supplying a need, we’re helping take a little bit of pressure off of families, you know?” said Denise Blomberg, regional director of operations Samaritan’s Feet International.

“Shoes are one of the top five most expensive things for families to get ready to go back to school, and while we’re at the end of the school year, there’s never a bad time to distribute a new pair of shoes,” she added.

Volunteer Sara Bloom has five kids who are attending or attended Washington Elementary.

“It’s nice to know I don’t have to worry about getting them a new pair of tennis shoes for the summer or the upcoming school year. It is a blessing,” said Bloom. 

Some of the students I spoke to, had the same reaction. 

“Pretty excited. This is like, amazing. Got a great foot massage. Socks are great, they feel comfortable. The shoes are amazing. Very thankful,” said fifth-grader Anthony Beecroft.

“Pretty excited because like, I didn’t know these people were this nice enough just to give out free shoes. So, it was very nice of them. They didn’t have to do this,” said fifth-grader Eason Deoorna.

The purpose of today’s event goes beyond a new pair of shoes.

For one little girl, it’s a day she won’t forget.

“They’re really comfortable. I can spread apart my toes,” said fifth-grader Elizabeth Glatt-Doncan.

“This is such a great teaching moment, to be able to receive humbly and graciously, and then we want to instill in that to give back so that the kids eventually later in life can give back to others,” said principal Kendo Carlson.

“So, that’s what we hope from this event is that they can learn how to receive and then give back as well,” Carlson added. 

Samaritan’s Feet has donated over 210,000 pairs of shoes so far in 2019. 

Over seven million have been distributed since 2003. 

Here in North Dakota, 7-thousand kids have received shoes.

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