Williamsburg—More than 400 Whitley County children have brand new shoes and school supplies, thanks to an event organized and hosted by the University of the Cumberlands.
During the 4th annual “Shoes 4 The Soul” event, elementary students from Pleasant View, Boston, Whitley East and Whitley North poured onto the Cumberlands campus. More than 200 UC student-athletes and staff teamed up to serve children by washing their feet and fitting them with brand new shoes and socks.
“Do you know the story of Jesus washing his disciple’s feet?” asked sophomore Destiny Beattie of Williamsburg. “We want to humble ourselves like Jesus did and give back to you by getting down, washing your feet and giving you a brand new pair of shoes.”
Shoes 4 The Soul organizers worked with local schools to identify children who would benefit most from the event. In addition to shoes and socks, each child received a backpack filled with school supplies. Children played numerous games with Cumberlands’ students including tag and jump rope. Forcht Bank also provided free ice cream for students and teachers.
“The best way to serve others is by showing someone you care, and that’s what all these volunteers are doing,” stated event organizer Wes Chandler.
“This university is blessed with a great number of people that demonstrate that characteristic. It teaches our students, athletes, coaches, and everyone involved that these kids want to be like them one day,” Chandler added. “Looking around, it’s hard to see who is enjoying themselves more—the volunteers or the kids. It makes the kids feel like they are a part of something special, which they are.”
The Shoes 4 The Soul event was made possible by generous donations from the community. (UC)