Homeless offered new shoes and feet washing at Happy Feet event

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Union Rescue Mission offered new shoes and feet washing in Wichita Tuesday for their happy feet event.

Washing someone's feet is often considered a sign of humility. Volunteers were able to show that at the event as they helped homeless people stand on clean ones.

"I'm so glad that there's programs like this," said Sammie Dawson Jr., a homeless man.

Dawson Jr. said he has been homeless for about two months. According to him, this is the first time he has been to the event, not only to get his feet cleaned, but to get a new pair of shoes. Since he said he doesn't receive help all the time, he enjoys volunteering and helping others that may be going through what he is as well.

"I've always believed in living by the golden rule, do unto others as you'd like them to do to you," Dawson Jr. said. "Helping out other people, I've always done that. Like right now, I need help, and the help is there."

Mary Murrow is another person that helps others. She has volunteered at the mission for 9 years, and did again Tuesday night.

"I struggled for years with clinical depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, OCD," Murrow said. "It was so hard, so, I know what it feels like to be broken and need help."

Over those 9 years, Murrow said she learns how much it means to those that she comforts and assists.

"I look them in the eye. I value them," she said "And it just makes a difference in their lives."

Some of the volunteers were from a Union Rescue Mission in Virginia. They are riding across the country to Los Angeles to raise awareness about homelessness and mental health. They are staying the night in Wichita because it marks the halfway point of their trip.

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