• Reconcile Charlotte brings power of love, healing to city

    By: Erica Bryant

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Hundreds of people in the Charlotte community will come together Saturday and take part in an event that will bring love and healing to those in need.

    The Reconcile Charlotte event was created in 2016 to help unite people after the unrest following the Keith Scott riots.

    The Charlotte-based nonprofit, Samaritan’s Feet, helped plan the event.

    “The power of love creates ripples and that’s what we want people to understand,” Samaritan’s Feet founder Manny Ohonme said.

    There will be 200 volunteers from all different backgrounds washing feet, providing new shoes and socks and praying with more than 1,000 people in need in north Charlotte.

    “This is special. It’s about the city and county coming together, going to an area in Hidden Valley,” Charlotte City Councilman James Mitchell said.

    City and county leaders are on board as a partner and even signed a proclamation supporting the event.

    Ohonme said the experience transforms the giver and the person who receives.

    “Imagine washing someone’s feet and look them in the eye, asking them, 'What is your dream for our city and the world?' and say, ‘You know what? We know there is a plan for your life and you can accomplish it,’” Ohonme said.

    Ohonme said the shoe then becomes a symbol that we are one.

    “I want the whole, the whole city of Charlotte to be all in on Saturday, December 9th, as we make a difference and make Charlotte better… all in,” Mitchell said.

    People in need can show up starting at 9 a.m. at MLK Middle School on Bilmark Avenue. The first 1,000 people will be served.

    Anyone who wants to volunteer must register. CLICK HERE to register.

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