Barefoot for Barefeet event gives free shoes to Whitley County kids

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky (WYMT) - Students and staff at the University of the Cumberlands tell WYMT it was a lesson in humility.

Tuesday morning, the campus came together giving needy kids across Whitley County a day of fun and a brand new pair of shoes.

More than 300 elementary school students packed the University of the Cumberlands gymnasium. When the Barefoot for Barefeet event was over, organizer Wes Chandler said each child walked away sporting a new pair of sneakers.

"Yeah you are here to get a good education but we want you to grow as people as well," said Chandler.

That is what the event is all about. Organizers said they want to get school staff and even student athletes to spend the day giving back.

"Some of these kids, this might be the only pair of shoes they ever have that are brand new," said Chandler.

Kathryn Hart is the university's head volleyball coach. She said it was important for her team to participate because it teaches them to help others.

"I think it is important for them to see that even just down the street there are people that need help and it is important for them to understand and have that desire to want to help others," said Hart.

The university partners with Samaritan's Feet, an organization giving hope to the nation's needy one step at a time.

"If we can get people a good education and make them better human beings that is kind of what this university is all about," said Chandler.

Organizers spend most of the year raising money for this annual event. Kids also took home a new pair of socks and a backpack full of school supplies.


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