Monday, September 10, 2012
The Carolina Panthers wide receiver washed feet and helped hand out 400 shoes and socks to homeless people living at Pinellas Safe Harbor on Saturday.
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Monday, September 10, 2012
Steve Smith caught seven passes for 106 yards and was the main highlight of a mostly stymied Carolina Panthers offense Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When the clock reached 0:00, Smith untied his cleats, placed them on the field, removed his socks and walked off. It wasn’t because of the loss, but rather to bring attention to Samaritan’s Feet, a charity with the goal to put shoes on the feet of the needy. But what might be even more attention grabbing is that Smith, with the help of some volunteers, washed feet and put new shoes and socks on 400 homeless people at the Pinellas Safe Harbor shelter Saturday afternoon. Smith is doing this in every NFL city where the Panthers play this season. The foot washing and shoe giveaway in …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The Carolina Panthers wide receiver will wash feet and give shoes to 400 homeless people at the Pinellas Safe Harbor facility in Clearwater.
Before Carolina Panther Steve Smith takes the field against the Buccaneers to open the NFL season Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, he will be in Clearwater, washing feet. Smith, a prolific receiver, will use his hands to wash 400 homeless people's feet and give them new shoes and socks at Pinellas Safe Harbor on Saturday. Smith and other volunteers working with Central Tampa's Metropolitan Ministries and international nonprofit Samaritan's Feet will give out these items starting at 5 p.m. Smith is planning to distribute shoes in each city the Panthers play this season. Manny Ohonme, who got a scholarship to play collegiate basketball because of a donated pair of shoes, started Samaritan's Feet in 2003. He got his first pair of …
Friday, July 15, 2011
Chief Deputy Bob Gualtieri fielded concerns about the six-month-old facility, which houses 335 people each night.
This time last year, a homeless person caught committing a minor crime probably would have been arrested and held in county jail, costing taxpayers $125 a day. Now, police will issue a “notice to appear” and take the offender to Pinellas Safe Harbor, a county-run shelter equipped to house and feed 470 people each day. The shelter has been open for six months and reports an average of 335 residents each night. Housing the homeless population has caused trouble with neighbors, though. Business owners and residents near Pinellas Safe Harbor came to Bayside High School on Thursday evening to voice concerns over the shelter’s effects on their community. Shawn LeMaitre of Bandit Fitness Equipment said his customers are constantly solicited by …