High school football players volunteer at shoe donation event

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Club for Boys was packed with volunteers donating fresh new shoes to kids and offering to wash feet before breaking the shoes in.

Volunteers were mostly football players from both Central and Stevens High Schools.

Sanford Health sponsored the event and had volunteers welcoming people and getting them checked in.

Samaritan’s Feet is a Christian organization, and washing feet is a symbol of friendship and humility in some denominations of the faith.

“Everyone has something to bring to the table, you know, and these people are in need. If they can’t get a pair of shoes, we’d like to give it to them, so they can bring themselves to the table,” said Josiah DuPont, a freshman at Stevens.

In the Bible Jesus washes the feet of his disciples after the last supper. The lesson from that was about treating people equally and loving one another.

“What we’re doing today is offering love, hope, and inspiration by washing feet, by a stranger sitting across a wash basin with a child and asking them what their dreams are and what their inspirations are,” said Denise Blomberg, Regional Director of Samaritan’s Feet.

Over 500 people registered ahead of time to receive a free pair of shoes and there were close to 100 volunteers preparing wash basins, sizing people for shoes, and washing feet.

“The football players have been phenomenal. The smiles on their faces and smiles that they put on the kids’ faces has been something special,” said David Dolan with Sanford Health.

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