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Walk A Mile In Their Shoes

Each year, just as a new school year begins, students and staff from University of the Cumberlands assist hundreds of children by providing new shoes, socks and backpacks filled with school supplies at an event called Shoes 4 the Soul. The event is a way for Cumberlands to serve the community and children within the Whitley County area.

Shoes 4 the Soul began at Cumberlands in 2011 and has touched the lives of more than 2,600 local children to date.

During the event, UC students, faculty and staff wash the feet of children and fit them with their new shoes and socks. Children also have the opportunity to spend time with Cumberlands students while participating in a variety of organized games and activities.

All incoming freshmen participate in Shoes 4 the Soul as their first introduction to Cumberlands’ mission of serving others. It is an opportunity for students to learn more about their new community while putting smiles on the faces of local children.

To ensure the continued success of Shoes 4 the Soul, UC has set a University-wide goal of supporting 500 local children every year. For just $30, you can sponsor a child and provide them with a new pair of shoes, socks, a backpack filled with school supplies and a lifetime of knowing that you made a difference in our community.

Walking a mile in brand new shoes makes any child smile. Providing that child with those new shoes – that makes us smile too.

Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”