HOLMES COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Boxes and boxes of shoes were unloaded Monday from a trailer into the old Ebenezer Fire Station. There were 3,000 pairs of shoes just waiting to be snatched up by those who need them most.
"I think it is important for us to do what we can to help others. Here in Mississippi all of us have been touched with some kind of natural tragedy before, so it just part of our responsibility and Christian duty to help," said Bishop Ronnie Crudup, of New Horizon Church in Jackson.
The church partnered with Samaritan Feet to donate the new kicks. Before they give them away, volunteers filled buckets of soapy water and washed the feet of little ones in a gesture of love and service.
"It is a blessing actually. It's a blessing because we lost so much and for people to come out now and donate these shoes. That's really a blessing," said Holmes County tornado survivor Juanita Barnes.
"I think the morale of the people after two weeks is still good because they see the many volunteers pitch in and make it through with some relief," said Senator Kenneth Wayne Jones, who represents Attala, Holmes, Yazoo and Madison counties.
New, shiny shoes may be a small gift in the grand scheme of what is needed in Holmes County to rebuild after the April 24th tornado, but it brings happy feet to families who need something to smile about.
"We've seen a lot of the devastation up here. It's real. There is a need for a lot more help than just shoes. This is a good start for us, but there's so much more we could do here," said Senator John Horhn, who represents Madison and Jackson counties.
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