At Rhythm Systems, our core purpose is helping individuals and organizations achieve their dreams and goals. This year, we had the opportunity to partner with Samaritan’s Feet to help kids and neighbors in need by providing them with new shoes. Most of the recipients were residents of Lake Arbor, a low-income apartment complex being closed due to sub-standard living conditions; many of them are not able to afford moving elsewhere.
Our friends at Samaritan's Feet reached out to us to ask our help giving these neighbors some hope. Every year at our Breakthrough Conference, Samaritan’s Feet participates as our charity partner, but this was the first time our Rhythm team was able to join in the actual distribution of the shoes.
It was a wonderful morning - whether it was playing soccer, dancing, giving out new backpacks and books, or actually washing their feet and putting on those new socks and shoes, each of us had a chance to make a connection with these kids and families, to be a bit of a bright spot during a difficult time. Manny Ohonme, founder of Samaritan's Feet, is passionate about the ability to make a difference in someone's life through kindness; the trajectory of his own life was drastically changed when he received his first pair of shoes as a child living in Nigeria.
To kick off the morning of the shoe distribution event, we were reminded that it was more about the kindness and connection than the shoes; we had the chance to give a smile and an encouraging word—a simple reminder that people do care that could potentially last a lot longer than the shoe itself.
Here’s a video capturing a few moments from that day:
Over the years, our clients have connected with Samaritan’s Feet at our conference, and together we’ve been able to make a huge difference. We want to thank all of you who have donated and contributed to our shoe drives in the past. Here’s a peek at the impact we’ve made together:
Please join us as we partner with Samaritan’s Feet again this year at Breakthrough 2019. Help us live our core purpose by providing shoes to people who need them—shoes that can open up a world of opportunity and help them achieve their dreams and goals. Thank you!
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