TI, Samaritan’s Feet and Shiloh Christian School Celebrate Servant-Leadership
Bentonville, Arkansas – January 17, 2011 –Transportation Insight and Shiloh Christian School joined with Samaritan’s Feet to celebrate a National Day of Service event in Springdale, Arkansas on Monday, January 17, 2011. The organizations commemorated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., distributing athletic shoes to nearly 400 children. Transportation Insight and Shiloh Christian School sponsored the event to benefit the students of Bayyari Elementary School.
Transportation Insight CEO Paul Thompson, his executive team and dozens of other employees participated at the event at the Springdale Youth Center gym. Thompson said, “Our company, our people and our families have been blessed by our partnership with Samaritan’s Feet. There is nothing that compares to joining in a spirit of servant-hood and sharing a message of hope and love with these young people.”
Nearly 100 volunteers from Transportation Insight and Shiloh Christian School came together to wash the feet of the Bayyari Elementary School children and give away new socks and shoes. Graham Gibbs, Transportation Insight’s Director of Client Services and local event coordinator, said the distribution was a great success, as evidenced by smiles, prayers and hundreds of boys and girls sporting new sneakers. The event also provided a rare opportunity for those with a heart to serve. “Many of our volunteers in Arkansas want to take a mission trip,” Gibbs said. “This event gave them a domestic mission opportunity right here in their own backyard.”
Samaritan’s Feet is a humanitarian non-profit relief organization dedicated to equipping the feet of impoverished children in the United States and around the world. There are an estimated 300 million children who go without shoes every day and more than 1 million that die each year from foot borne disease. The goal of Samaritan’s Feet is to provide 10 million pairs of shoes for 10 million children in the next 10 years while sharing with them a biblical story of faith, hope and love.
Samaritan’s Feet CEO and Founder Manny Ohonme said his organization strives to help communities reach deeper into their neighborhoods by demonstrating this act of servant-leadership and humility and to provide for a basic need. “Each year the Corporation for National and Community Service honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by asking Americans to serve others on January 17th,” Ohonme said.
Samaritan’s Feet held National Day of Service events in cities across the United States, including Charlotte, NC where dozens of Transportation Insight employees, family members and friends participated in a shoe distribution at Druid Hills Elementary School. Hundreds of underprivileged children received new shoes at similar shoe distribution events in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Memphis, Kansas City, San Bernardino, Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans and Miami.
This day of service was led and supported by Samaritan’s Feet Honorary Ambassadors including among others the King family, country music artist Big Kenny and author and activist, Dr. Maya Angelou. “Every MLK Holiday, I get a chance to witness the incredible spirit of servant-hood that permeates America,” said Dr. Angelou. “My friend Dr. King was an incredibly passionate, humble, courageous, righteous and fair man. His efforts of creating equality are being lived out on the National Day of Service.”
About Transportation Insight, LLC
Transportation Insight is a global lead logistics provider with more than $1.2 billion in supply chain spend under management. For over a decade, the 3PL has helped companies improve profitability and competitive advantage by providing customized supply chain solutions. Transportation Insight offers a co-managed logistics form of 3PL, carrier sourcing, freight bill audit and payment services, state-of-the-art transportation management system (TMS) applications and business intelligence. Additional competencies include international transportation, warehouse sourcing, LEAN consulting and supply chain sourcing of indirect materials. For more about Transportation Insight, visit www.transportationinsight.com.
About Samaritan’s Feet
Samaritan’s Feet is a 501(c) 3, humanitarian aid organization that shares a message of hope and love through washing the feet of impoverished children around the world and adorning them with new shoes. There are an estimated 300 million children who go without shoes every day and more than 1 million that die each year from foot borne disease. Our goal is to provide 10 million pairs of shoes for 10 million impoverished children in the next 10 years, and since 2003 Samaritan’s Feet and its team of 70,000 ambassadors have blessed nearly 3 million children in over 40 nations.
Samaritan’s Feet was started in 2003 by Manny Ohonme who received his first pair of shoes at the age of 9 from a missionary. Those shoes allowed him to learn and play the game of basketball which ultimately earned him a scholarship to the University of North Dakota (Lake Region). Manny went on to receive his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees and pursued and successful career in supply chain software industries. From a simple pair of shoes and the kindness and compassion shared by this missionary changed the course of Manny’s life. Samaritan’s Feet is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina and has facilities in Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., San Bernadine, as well as Cape Town, South Africa where they employ 30 staff members who coordinate the distribution of shoes on 3 continents.
To learn more about Samaritan’s Feet and the National Day of Service please call Rachel Wallace at 317-496-0236 or by email at or visit www.samaritansfeet.org.