Volunteers wash feet during ‘Day of Caring’

 A volunteer washing the feet of a guest experiencing homelessness. Photo: Don Vollema


A volunteer washing the feet of a guest experiencing homelessness. Photo: Don Vollema

[Church of the Redeemer - Kenmore, Washington]  During a Sept. 17 Day of Caring Resource Exchange event at Seattle Center, Washington, 34 volunteers washed the feet of about 200 homeless people.

Organized by United Way of King County, the volunteers provided advanced foot care.

Emily Austin of Church of the Redeemer, Kenmore, Washington, helped to coordinate the effort. About half of the volunteers were from Redeemer; others included friends, neighbors, people from several other churches in the Diocese of Olympia, and the United Way.

The Day of Caring Resource Exchange connects people experiencing homelessness with all kinds of resources.

Volunteers worked a morning or afternoon shift. Of the 200 or so people who had their feet washed, about 40 received advanced foot care, which includes nail trimming and caring for corns and calluses. Everyone received clean socks from the volunteers.

Austin speaks about the initiative in a video here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XIU2pjOpMY).

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