INDIANAPOLIS and MARION, Ind. (3/20/14)--Nearly 1,000 kids in the Indianapolis area are walking around today in style thanks to the Indiana Credit Union League and the shoe drive it orchestrated leading up to the league's 2013 convention.
Elaine Rinehart, Eli Lilly FCU, Indianapolis, was one of the volunteers who washed the feet of each recipient before they got their new shoes. (Indiana Credit Union League photo)
In all, the equivalent of 1,345 pairs of shoes were donated to Samaritan's Feet, an organization that works to distribute shoes to those in need, as a result of the shoe collections and fundraising.
"Indiana credit unions have partnered with Samaritan's Feet since 2010 when Samaritan's Feet Founder Manny Ohonme spoke at a league event," said league President John McKenzie. "Since that time, Indiana credit unions have helped provide more than 7,700 pairs of shoes to those individuals who need them the most."
With the help of Grant County Boys and Girls Club, about 45 volunteers from Marion-based credit unions Afena FCU, $57 million in assets; Fortress FCU, $15 million in assets; and Via CU, $298 million in assets, handed out new shoes and socks over a weekend in January.
A second shoe distribution took place March 8 at the Shepherd Community Center on the east side of Indianapolis where 360 pairs of shoes were distributed. Employees of Indianapolis-based credit unions Eli Lilly FCU, $1 billion in assets; Financial Center FCU, $496 million in assets; Indiana Members FCU, $1.4 billion in assets; and Via CU volunteered at the event.
The league again will collect shoes for Samaritan's Feet leading up to the 2014 convention in October.