ROSEAU –– Thirty young men, who in the past had brushes with the law, were the recipients of brand new footwear, courtesy of international religious charitable organization Samaritan’s Feet, which has an objective of improving the lives of children, “one pair of shoes at a time”.
It forms part of the organization’s aim to deliver some $100,000 worth of shoes to children in Dominica and communicating to them that “there is hope”, according to one of the organizers, Colin Coyne.
“We are here as part of the Samford University and a group from the First Baptist Church of Indian Trail of North Carolina who have teamed up to provide shoes for all the children of Dominica,” he told DNO when the shoes were being distributed earlier this week.
He said funds were raised by the university and 6,000 pairs of shoes were brought to be distributed as part of the Caribbean Baptist Youth Festival now taking place on the island.
He noted that other than just offering shoes to the young men, they are being informed that they should turn their lives around and seek Jesus.
The rest of the shoes will be distributed throughout the island during the course of this week.
On its website Samaritan’s Feet says it is focused on bringing “life changing message of hope to youths and children through sports and recreational adventures and provide relief to hurting people displaced due to poverty, ravaged wars, and religious persecution”.
“We demonstrate compassion by washing and equipping their feet with shoes, and touching their hearts with the love of God,” the website has said.