400 KCPS students get feet washed along with new shoes, socks

Posted at 4:58 PM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 17:58:27-04

Four hundred Kansas City students are now able to put their best foot forward. 

Rayanna Hersh is one of the pupils who received new shoes and socks today. The sixth-grader at King Elementary wants to be a vet.  

“So, I have tennis shoes and stuff, but some of them are ripping and stuff, so I have to fix them up and stuff,” she said.

The students were all fitted for new shoes and socks, but it started with a cleanse as volunteers washed their feet. 

The volunteers were mainly with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and UMKC Athletics. 

The event was organized by Samaritan’s Feet. 

Graham Gibbs works for the organization and said it helps supply shoes for nearly 40,000 children across the country. 

“So, our founder is from Nigeria and he got his first pair of shoes at age 9, from a missionary. And that missionary spoke life into him. Who knows, the next Governor of Missouri, the next cure to cancer could be in these seats right here,” Gibbs said.

New kicks may be just what the doctor ordered, and the event may be a good way for Hersh to get her school day and eventual career off on the right foot. 

“My siblings are going to be excited for some new shoes. And I’m going to be excited for some new shoes.”