Samaritan’s Feet provides new shoes, messages of hope to men at Rock Hill shelter

Samaritan’s Feet, in partnership with Grace Ministries, provided new shoes and an encouraging message Friday to 65 men at Bethel Men’s Shelter in Rock Hill, S.C.

The encouraging message was taken from the Hope Notes initiative that Samaritan’s Feet launched a week ago.

Individuals can go to Hope Notes at and write a message of hope online.

Samaritan’s Feet collects these, prints them, and distributes them to those in need. They will be distributing them in Louisiana and Indiana soon, as well as other homeless shelters, children’s meal programs and nursing homes across the country.

“What a joy to be at the Bethel Men’s Shelter and serve about 60 men and feed them,” said Tim Boan, lead pastor at Grace Ministries. “We also had something really special; we got to give out shoes and give a message of hope for every man that was there.”

Grace Ministries is a non-denominational church ministry.

Samaritan’s Feet has announced that with increasing health concerns, all shoe distributions and warehouse volunteer activity would be postponed 60 days and international trips postponed 90 days.

Samaritan’s Feet is a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization that serves and inspires hope in children by providing shoes as the foundation to a spiritual and healthy life resulting in the advancement of education and economic opportunities.

Over 1.5 billion people are infected with diseases that are transmitted through contaminated soil, according to the World Health Organization.

The goal of Samaritan’s Feet is to create a world with no shoeless children.

Since its founding by Manny and Tracie Ohonme in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its partners have served more than 7 million people in 108 nations and some 400 U.S. cities. For more information about Samaritan’s Feet International, visit

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