With the cold months of winter quickly on our doorstep, can you imagine what it would be like to go without shoes?
That question became reality at Lynn Camp on November 10th as students and staff volunteered to take off their shoes and walk the hallways in their socks to help raise awareness for those less fortunate in our community and in the world.
The day without shoes marked the start of the schools’ Operation Hands and Feet community service project, which has the goal of covering the hands and feet of those in our own area that cannot afford this every day necessity.
“It’s about giving people in need shoes and gloves for the winter time, because some people have to go without,” explained Caleb Garlen, a student at the school.
Garlen and his peers are raising awareness for this world problem by collecting donations of gently used shoes and gloves to be given away to those in the Tri-County area.
“There’s lots of families in Knox County that cannot afford to buy their kids new shoes every year, and peoples feet grow, so they need new shoes,” shared student Brookelyn Smith.
The community is invited to drop off donations at the school between now and December 5th. On Saturday, December 6th, the school will open its doors at 8am and welcome in those who are in need of fitting shoes and gloves for the winter season. There will be no cost and no one will be turned away.
Operation Hands and Feet is one part of a bigger initiative to change the culture of the school from the inside out. Part of that change in culture is focused on character development and reaching out.
Robin Burr, curriculum coach and teacher at Lynn Camp, shares with students that it is about being and taking care of the hands and feet of Christ.
Throughout the middle school hallways at Lynn Camp, students have painted positive graffiti on the walls that express their interests and values. Words such as “faith” and “don’t give up” are constant reminders for students as they go about their daily activities.
“Let’s all love our neighbors as ourselves,” said Burr.
For more information about Operation Hands and Feet please contact the school at (606)528-5429.