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Hundreds blessed during a day of service

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Saturday, the cafeteria of Central Park Elementary school was flooded with volunteers from all over the city making a difference in the lives of all who passed through the door.

The event was part of the National Day of Service campaign by Samaritan's Feet. Saturday's rendition was a collaboration between Samaritan's Feet, Mission Alabama and Birmingham School Board Representative Sonja Smith.

The nearly 500 kids who walked through the door had their feet washed and received a new pair of shoes and socks. Andrea Lambert and her family were some of those who took part in the event. Lambert said a neighbor told her about it, and it was a blessing that she did not imagine receiving on Saturday.

"I'm a very spiritual person, and this means a lot to me," Lambert said. "It's better to give than receive. This was an unexpected blessing that came my way, and I really do appreciate it. God is a good God, and I'm glad we have people like this in the world to help people. There are a lot of people that are less fortunate and in need. It's a great world with a lot of great people. There are still great people in this world."

Smith said the event was in the works for a couple of months, and it is one they hope to hold next year.

"You never know what someone is going through, and if we can help relieve that burden by providing shoes for these kids, then that is amazing," Smith said. "Who wouldn't want to have some shoes? That just helps lift the spirits of the kids and build community."


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