Samaritan’s Feet, NFL's Steve Smith to provide new shoes for children in Kansas City

MEDIA ALERT?11/29/12

Samaritan’s Feet and NFL Player Steve Smith to Provide New Shoes and Encouragement for Under-Served in Kansas City.

WHAT:? Humanitarian non-profit Samaritan’s Feet is honored to announce its Shoes of Hope shoe distribution event in Kansas City, MO.

Samaritan’s Feet is working with City Mission Union to serve approximately 250 men, women and children.

The City Mission Union’s guests will receive new athletic shoes and shoes, and have their feet washed by volunteers from the community.

WHO: ?NFL Wide Receiver Steve Smith and Under Armour have partnered with Samaritan’s Feet to make this event possible.

Smith will be on site to serve Saturday afternoon before the Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game on Sunday.

WHY:? Samaritan’s Feet, supported by Lifetouch Sports, announces the football version of its “Barefoot For Bare Feet” movement created in 2007. Steve Smith’s bare feet will tell the story of impoverished children throughout the world and right here in the US by symbolically leaving his shoes at midfield. Smith will then walk off the field in his bare feet and into the locker room to bring awareness to the fact that 2/3 of the world’s population lives on less than $2.50 per day leaving millions of families not able to buy food and shoes.

Smith’s efforts will continue throughout each of the 16 regular season games as he attempts to raise 500,000 pairs of shoes. Steve will encourage other players to join the movement to provide a voice for the 300 million children who wake up every day without shoes to put on their feet. Each week, Samaritan’s Feet will put Steve’s game worn shoes on a website

(shoes.lifetouchsports.com) to auction them off to the highest bidder. The money raised will go towards providing new shoes to impoverished children.

Before each of the eight Carolina Panthers away games, Smith will distribute new shoes and socks to impoverished individuals in the cities that the Carolina Panthers play in. Under Armour has partnered in this program.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:? Recipients have been pre-registered but media guests are welcome for photo and video opportunities. This event is not open to the public.

DATE: ?December 1st, 2012

WHERE: ? City Union Mission (2 locations)

Family Shelter 1310 Wabash Ave., Kansas City, MO 64127 4pm – 6pm for the Family Shelter location

Christian Life Center 1111 E. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64106 5pm start for the Christian Life Center location

ABOUT SAMARITAN’S FEET:? Samaritan’s Feet, founded by Nigerian born Manny Ohonme and his wife Tracie, is a 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization that shares a message of hope and love by distributing new shoes and washing the feet of under-served individuals around the world. There are an estimated 300 million children who go without shoes every day and more than one million that die each year from foot borne disease. Our goal is to provide 10 million pairs of shoes and, since 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and our team of ambassadors have provided shoes for more than four million individuals in over 60 countries. Learn more at samaritansfeet.org.

ABOUT CITY MISSION UNION: City Union Mission is an evangelical Christian ministry committed to sharing the Gospel and meeting the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of men, women, and children who are poor or homeless. Providing community assistance through various assistance programs, City Union Mission serves 750 people daily, on average. And is the largest mission in a six-state area. Learn more at cityunionmission.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:? Kevin S. Warren Samaritan’s Feet, Associate Director of Marketing 704-200-2206 kwarren@samaritansfeet.org

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