CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hundreds lined up to get a free breakfast provided by Calvary church on Saturday; it s a normal sight in uptown at the Hal Marshal center.
The 50 or so members who volunteer to help will also fill more than the stomachs of the homeless men and woman who have assembled. They will also provide them with shoes free of charge.
We ve got about 50 volunteers from Calvary Church that are here distributing the shoes and just sharing Christ with others. Said Jim Cashwell , Pastor of Missions and Evangelism at Calvary church.
It s called Shoes of Hope . It s a partnership with Calvary and the non-profit group Samaritan s Feet. Samaritan s Feet is providing shoes for millions of children and adults around the world in need.
Since its start the group has placed shoes on thousands of feet in the Charlotte region. On Saturday they will give away hundreds more shoes to any in need at the Hal Marshal center.
Amelia Page is just one person who received a pair of shoes.
These right here that I had on my feet for like two months and these are the only pair I had this was a blessing for me to get these shoes I thank them a lot. Said Page.
The two organizations gave away more than 500 pair of shoes last year, the first time they joined forces. This year they expect to exceed that number.
We ve got a thousand shoes. said Cashwell as he stood in the loading area of the Hal Marshal center next to dozens of boxes of shoes each displaying the size and sex of the shoes inside.
Last year we distributed 500 and we just want to make sure we were prepared and didn t want to turn anybody away.
Cashwell said that while the people who come for the shoes walk away happy, the people who volunteer go away feeling just as good having shared their time, and their faith with others.
We find that whenever you re doing what Christ calls you do, such as loving others it makes such an impact in your life that s just not explainable, said Cashwell.