Posted by Johanna Rehbaum

Shoes and Boots for the Homeless

Hiking Boots Outdoors

Matthew 25:40: “The King will reply, Truly I tell you, what you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

One of the traditional disciplines of Lent is “alms-giving,” that is, giving money or goods to those in need. As we think this season about feet, and getting in our steps to Jerusalem, what better gift than providing shoes for people who need them?

Warm, dry, healthy feet are a luxury that most of us take for granted. But those who are homeless and living on the streets don’t always enjoy that comfort. Winter especially is a time of concern in this region. Beyond discomfort, having cold, wet feet for an extended time can lead to serious health issues.

Together we at St Martin can help keep their feet warm and dry this winter by donating your old boots and shoes. Take a minute to dig out all those winter shoes and boots you no longer wear or don’t need. Or if you don’t have any extra boots lying around, stop by a thrift store and find some you can donate. While you’re at it, grab some new socks, a scarf, or mittens to go along with the boots.

Bring your gift of wearable shoes and boots, etc. to church the next two Sundays, Feb. 28 and Mar. 6. We will have a collection box available.

Donations will go to St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality, a soup kitchen and shelter for homeless men and woman. It’s located at 402 South Ave. in the city.

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