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Park Vista students get new shoes at back to school event

Posted at 2:10 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 15:22:40-04

Around 900 students in Opelousas received new shoes and socks Wednesday thanks to an international organization.

Samaritan’s Feet International distributed the shoes and socks at their “Back to School” event at Park Vista Elementary School in Opelousas.

According to the organization, each student received a new pair of shoes and socks and had their feet washed by community volunteers.

“This event is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate students as they prepare to
go back to school. As volunteers serve them one-on-one they’ll encourage them to do their best in school and
pursue their dreams. Thank you to those willing to give back and inspire hope in children-they are the
difference makers in their community,” said Manny Ohonme, CEO and Co-Founder of Samaritan’s Feet

The organizations says that their events help prepare students “materially, physically, and spiritually for the new
school year.” This event is part of the nationwide Samaritan’s Feet 2018 Back to School program with a goal of
distribu,ng over 40,000 pairs of shoes and socks to children in 71 U.S. cities.

For more information about Samaritan’s Feet International, visit