Kentucky Man Sheds Shoes for Charity

Philanthropy Times

barefoot-in-snow Richard Hudgens of Louisville plans to go a full year without shoes to raise money for shoeless children in Africa.
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In one of the harshest Southern winters in years, a Louisville man has decided to shed his shoes to raise money for shoeless children. Richard Hudgins is going barefoot for a full year. Shoeless since early December, he has nearly made it through a brutal Kentucky winter filled with snow, ice and single-digit temperatures.

Hudgins is aiming to raise $25,000 by the end of the year to take to Narok, Kenya, where children need uniforms and shoes to go to school. So far he’s raised almost $4,000. If Hudgins reaches his goal, it would supply shoes for more than 800 children, said Elijah Ombati, a missionary from Kenya who has struck up a friendship with the donor.

Ombati, who runs a Christian group called Nasha Ministries International, splits…

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