Transportation Insight Partners with Samaritan’s Feet to Provide Shoes and Hope to Those in Need
HICKORY, NC (October 24, 2017) – Volunteers from global Enterprise Logistics Provider Transportation Insight recently engaged with humanitarian relief organization Samaritan’s Feet at the Hickory Soup Kitchen to provide an uplifting message of hope and a new pair of shoes to more than 650 women, men and children in need. Service in Action – the non-profit, employee-led community service organization supported by the logistics provider and business strategist – mobilized more than 100 volunteers to participate in the annual event, a large part of Transportation Insight’s ongoing efforts to enable its associates to their devote time, talents and resources to those in need in the company’s constituent communities throughout the United States.
“Transportation Insight is truly honored to have such a wonderful partner in Samaritan’s Feet. Their mission completely aligns with our overarching corporate goals to deliver superior service to our valued clients and to be good stewards to those in the communities in which we work and live,” says Transportation Insight Chief Executive Officer Chris Baltz. “Transportation Insight’s tremendous success is a direct result of the servant hearts of our associates and their willingness to get involved when the need arises, whether that need is to solve a client’s logistics challenges or to deliver a new pair of shoes and a message of hope to a child.”
Regardless of where a Samaritan’s Feet Shoes of Hope distribution takes place, the message is the same. Volunteers wash the feet of those in need, talk with them about their future hopes and dreams, share with them a message of love and adorn their feet with a new pair of socks and shoes. All attendees then receive lunch and attend a festival where they play carnival games and win prizes.
“Many people put long hours into planning this event, and it has truly become a labor of love for all of us,” says Service in Action Chair Wendi Gonzalez. “There was definitely a presence of peace at the Hickory Soup Kitchen on Saturday. It was a blessing to be able to participate in such a wonderful cause and help Samaritan’s Feet spread its uplifting message to so many.”
As a child growing up in Africa, Samaritan’s Feet Founder Manny Ohonme received his first pair of shoes at age 9 from a missionary. With that pair of shoes, he started playing basketball and other sports. After high school, he received a basketball scholarship to the University of North Dakota-Lake Region, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He spent 10 years in the marketing and logistics business working his way up the ladder, but he never forgot the children from his homeland who were still living under the strain of poverty, drug abuse, war, gangs and other criminal activity. Determined to help the impoverished, he left the corporate world to fulfill his dream of creating a world with zero shoeless children.
“We believe at Samaritan’s Feet that it is the human right of every child to be able to own a pair of shoes,” Ohonme says. “To us a pair of shoes is not just a pair of shoes. It’s a vehicle to inspire those children and remind them that the God that created them wants to do something spectacular in their lives.”
Through Service in Action, Transportation Insight associates in all company locations partner with numerous charitable organizations in addition to Samaritan’s Feet. Those include Restore Global – an organization based in Charlotte, NC, dedicated to helping non-profit organizations spend more energy and resources on the activities directly related to their missions – and numerous foster care programs, family support services and soup kitchens.
About Transportation Insight, LLC
Transportation Insight is a multi-modal, lead logistics provider with $3.9 billion in logistics spend under management. For nearly 20 years, the Enterprise Logistics Solutions Provider has partnered with manufacturers, retailers and distributors to achieve significant cost savings, reduce cycle times and improve customer satisfaction rates 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, parcel technology platform (audit, engineering, advanced analytics) and business intelligence. Serving over 1,500 clients, its logistics services portfolio includes domestic transportation, e-commerce solutions, supply chain analytics, international transportation, warehouse sourcing, LEAN consulting and supply chain sourcing of indirect materials including secondary packaging. Headquartered in Hickory, NC, Transportation Insight has secondary operating centers in Atlanta, GA, Bentonville, AR, Boston, MA, Charlotte, NC, Omaha, NE, Overland Park, KS and Salt Lake City, UT; service centers in Chicago, IL, Canton, OH, Charlotte, NC and St. Louis, MO; and more than 50 client support offices across North America. For more about Transportation Insight, visit www.transportationinsight.com, email or call 877-226-9950.