Shoes 4 the Soul
Shoes 4 the Soul is an annual event hosted by Cumberlands as a way to serve the community and children within the Whitley County area. Each year, just as a new school year begins, Shoes 4 the Soul assists hundreds of children by providing new shoes, socks, and backpacks filled with school supplies.
Shoes 4 the Soul first began at Cumberlands in 2011 and has touched the lives of more than 1,600 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 UC students while participating in a variety of organized games and activities.
Beginning in the fall of 2017, all incoming freshmen will participate in Shoes 4 the Soul as their first introduction to UC’s 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 raising $5,000 for this event. For $20, you can sponsor a child and provide them with a new pair of shoes, socks, and a backpack filled with school supplies.
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.”
"It's more blessed to give than to receive," stated Bonnie Nutt, a junior cross country runner from Phillips, WI. "I think I can say that I feel more blessed being here today than the kids are."
Kathryn Hart, head volleyball coach at UC agrees that this program is a very tangible demonstration of God's love as stated in this Bible verse. "This school does a great job of doing what it believes in with community service and volunteering. I'm proud to be a part of it," said Hart.
"This is a really nice event that UC hosts for our kids, it benefits a lot of our kids. We are thankful for that." - Brenda Lawson, Pleasant View's School Technology Coordinator
“My kids made a point to show me their new shoes. They were so very proud of them. You made seventy-five children smile today. Made it all worthwhile.” –Mike Partin, Principal, Whitley East Elementary School
"As a parent, this was heartbreaking. It took all I had not to burst into tears and many times, I had to wipe my eyes and walk away to keep the kids from seeing me cry over them. I am impressed with our UC students, faculty, and staff and so proud to be a part of this family. I was especially touched to witness the football team as they did an exceptional job at making the kids feel comfortable. The youngsters enjoyed talking sports with the college football players. The kids loved that, and it might even increase their interest in attending college one day." - Brad Hall, UC Assistant to the President
"This is fabulous, absolutely fabulous! This event has helped so, so many kids who truly needed it. Not only did they help the kids, but these youngsters had a blast here today as well. This was very worth my time, and I am glad I had the opportunity to be a part of this today. This has been such an incredibly humbling experience." - Jane Whitaker, UC professor
"The look on their faces when you are washing their feet and they get those new shoes is just great and totally humbling. It is a moment that I know I will never forget." – Courtney Hixson, UC student
"I'd say the best part is actually putting their shoes on them. Seeing the look on their face when they get a new pair of shoes. Some of them have never been blessed enough to have a new pair of shoes." – Caleb Kirby, UC Archery