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12-203 Carolina Panther Steve Smith At Safe Harbor To Distribute Shoes to the Homeless

 Who:

Steve Smith

Wide Receiver  – Carolina Panthers

 

Pinellas Safe Harbor

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Jail Diversion Program

 

Metropolitan Ministries

Provides 1,000 meals daily at Safe Harbor

 

Samaritan’s Feet

Program which provides shoes for the homeless nationwide.

 

What:   Carolina Panther Wide Receiver Steve Smith will be at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Safe Harbor complex this Saturday to distribute over 400 pairs of shoes to Safe Harbor clients.   Smith is in town this weekend for the Panthers vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers season opener on Sunday.

On Saturday night Smith, and a group of volunteers from Metropolitan Ministries and Samaritan’s Feet will set up a shoe distribution tent on the grounds of Safe Harbor, which houses an average of 400 homeless men and women on a daily basis.

Steve Smith is the leader of an NFL Football Ambassadors program at Samaritan’s Feet, which will distribute shoes in the cities of each Carolina Panthers’ away game this season.

 

When:    Saturday night September 8, 2012 – from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Where:  Pinellas Safe Harbor – located at 14840 49th Street North – Clearwater.

Why/How:    Since this is the Bucs season opener, Pinellas Safe Harbor is the first stop on Steve Smith’s Samaritan’s Feet 2012 tour.

Samaritan’s Feet was started in 2003 by Manny Ohonme who, as a young boy in Nigeria, receive his first pair of shoes at age 9, from a missionary. From there he excelled in sports and was able to earn a college basketball scholarship in the United States.

 Metropolitan Ministries plays a daily role in the lives of the Safe Harbor clients. Metropolitan Ministries provides more than 1,000 hot meals every day at Safe Harbor, well over 1,000 more at other meal sites throughout the Bay Area.

Pinellas Safe Harbor has been open for over a year and a half – providing services and housing for those whose needs are better served outside the jail environment.

 

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