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Church donates 1000 pair of shoes to children in Tuscaloosa

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It was an early start for the 100 volunteers at New Birth Outreach Church Saturday morning. Their task was not easy. The church raised money to send 1000 pair of shoes to children in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

That area was one of the hardest hit by several tornadoes in April.  For 17 year old Warren Steele getting involved in this effort is something he wanted to do on his own.

"It's just been ingrained in me to give back and be part of something that is positive," Steele said.

Warren is just one of the many young people involved in today's effort. The church is working with Samaritan's Feet, an organization that helps provide shoes to over 3 million children internationally.

 New Birth Pastor Farnsworth Coleman says this is not out of the ordinary for his ministry.

"We are an outreach ministry, I'm an outreach person and I just believe that we are our brother's keeper," Coleman said.

Church member Terry Render says seeing the excitement on the children's faces is enough satisfaction for him and his family.

"To get a new pair of shoes Curtis at the beginning of the school year meant so much even to us as kids and I think it will be beneficial to someone who has lost everything," Render said.

In Tuscaloosa the volunteers are trained on foot-care. They will wash the children's feet and then give them a new pair of tennis shoes.

New Birth raised over $10,000 to buy the shoes for the children in Tuscaloosa, and today that shipment of 1000 shoes will make going back to school after a emotional year a little easier.

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