"Walk in My Shoes" provides free shoes, grateful hearts - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

"Walk in My Shoes" provides free shoes, grateful hearts

Posted:
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

In today's busy world of hustle and bustle, a good pair of shoes is often crucial to make it through the day.

Often taken for granted, shoes provide protection, comfort, and style, when cash is tight, buying new shoes is often put on the back burner.

A Rochester parish wanted to make sure everyone was equipped and had the needed "kicks" to get through everyday life.

Enter "Walk in My Shoes,” an idea spurned from the inside of a closet.

"I was inspired by my daughter. And when I saw how many shoes she had in the closet and didn't wear, I thought 'We need to give it to somebody we know. Some people in Rochester," said Angela Osten, the “Walk in My Shoes” organizer.

The early morning rain on Saturday didn't stop dozens of people from heading over to the Church of the Resurrection, for a pair, or multiple pairs, of free shoes.

"I would have no money for shoes. So this is a good event for having people get shoes, because some people don't have shoes, or have the money to have shoes," said Tina Passe, a shoe shopper on Saturday at “Walk in My Shoes”.

Since May, more than 1500 pairs of shoes have been donated by Church of the Resurrection parishioners.

"We're opening it up to the entire Rochester community. Anybody in need of a free pair of shoes, especially with the school year starting, to come and grab a free pair of shoes," said Osten.

Sizes ranged from newborn to adult; with styles including tennis shoes, dress shoes, snow boots, even ice skates, and more.

"I usually like to get Nike's, DC's, Osiris'....any of those kind. They had a pair of Osiris' that I liked," said Timothy Daniel, who scored himself that pair of Osiris sneakers.

Passe told us she always on her feet, be it with work or caring for her family, so finding shoes for comfort was her goal.

"I just got done being pregnant and now I'm working four hours a week and it's hurting my feet already. So, it's kind of good to come out here and find some shoes to support my feet,” said Passe.

Everyone who attended walked away with new shoes and a grateful heart.

Osten added that there are shoes left over, that weren't taken before the event concluded.

So if anybody is in need of shoes, give the Church of the Resurrection a call, and they will try to hook you up with some shoes of your size/specific need!

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Young Stewartville man killed in motorcycle crash

    Young Stewartville man killed in motorcycle crash

    Photo: MGN OnlinePhoto: MGN Online
    Photo: MGN OnlinePhoto: MGN Online

    A 21-year-old man from Stewartville was killed Friday night in a motorcycle crash on County Road 8 in Mower County's Racine Township. The Minnesota State Patrol said the name of the driver would be released at 7 a.m. Monday. Sgt. Troy Christianson said the motorcycle was southbound on County Road 8 from County Road 1 when it left the road and hit a driveway.  

    More >>

    A 21-year-old man from Stewartville was killed Friday night in a motorcycle crash on County Road 8 in Mower County's Racine Township. The Minnesota State Patrol said the name of the driver would be released at 7 a.m. Monday. Sgt. Troy Christianson said the motorcycle was southbound on County Road 8 from County Road 1 when it left the road and hit a driveway.  

    More >>
  • radar alert

    Severe weather could cause headaches across viewing area

    Severe weather could cause headaches across viewing area

    As the saying goes "the heat is on" and it looks like this summer-like spell in our weather is going to hang around all the way through the holiday weekend.

    More >>

    As the saying goes "the heat is on" and it looks like this summer-like spell in our weather is going to hang around all the way through the holiday weekend.

    More >>
  • John Marshall baseball player makes remarkable recovery after suffering stroke during game

    John Marshall baseball player makes remarkable recovery after suffering stroke during game

    Baseball is a way of life for John Marshall's Austin Brown. In what feels like the swing of a bat, it's already Senior Night. "It's going to be really tough after the game, just thinking I'm not going to play on this field anymore," says Brown. The soon-to-be graduate is the right fielder for the John Marshall High School Rockets this year. But just one year ago, Austin's senior season seemed out of reach.

    More >>

    Baseball is a way of life for John Marshall's Austin Brown. In what feels like the swing of a bat, it's already Senior Night. "It's going to be really tough after the game, just thinking I'm not going to play on this field anymore," says Brown. The soon-to-be graduate is the right fielder for the John Marshall High School Rockets this year. But just one year ago, Austin's senior season seemed out of reach.

    More >>
  • Indiana teacher who stopped school shooting earns praise

    Indiana teacher who stopped school shooting earns praise

    Saturday, May 26 2018 4:59 PM EDT2018-05-26 20:59:21 GMT
    (Robert Scheer/The Indianapolis Star via AP). Law enforcement officers walk outside Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., after a shooting on Friday, May 25, 2018. A male student opened fire at the suburban Indianapolis school wounding a...(Robert Scheer/The Indianapolis Star via AP). Law enforcement officers walk outside Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., after a shooting on Friday, May 25, 2018. A male student opened fire at the suburban Indianapolis school wounding a...
    Authorities say a female student wounded in an Indianapolis-area middle school shooting is in critical condition and a teacher who was also shot is in good condition.More >>
    Authorities say a female student wounded in an Indianapolis-area middle school shooting is in critical condition and a teacher who was also shot is in good condition.More >>
  • Rochester band director gets surprise going away concert

    Rochester band director gets surprise going away concert

    John Marshall band director Christopher Jarvis is retiring after 17 years, prompting students and alumni to honor him with a farewell concert.

    More >>

    John Marshall band director Christopher Jarvis is retiring after 17 years, prompting students and alumni to honor him with a farewell concert.

    More >>
  • Minneapolis raises age for buying tobacco to 21

    Minneapolis raises age for buying tobacco to 21

    Supporters of the new law say a majority of adult smokers started the habit before they turned 21, and that the ordinance will discourage young people from smoking.

    More >>

    Supporters of the new law say a majority of adult smokers started the habit before they turned 21, and that the ordinance will discourage young people from smoking.

    More >>
  • Father, son plead guilty to fraud involving secretive sect

    Father, son plead guilty to fraud involving secretive sect

    Saturday, May 26 2018 4:58 PM EDT2018-05-26 20:58:30 GMT
    (Jennifer Emert/WLOS via AP). Jerry Gross arrives at the federal courthouse in Asheville, NC., Friday, May 25, 2018. He and his son, who belong to a secretive evangelical church in North Carolina called Word of Faith Fellowship Church, pleaded guilty t...(Jennifer Emert/WLOS via AP). Jerry Gross arrives at the federal courthouse in Asheville, NC., Friday, May 25, 2018. He and his son, who belong to a secretive evangelical church in North Carolina called Word of Faith Fellowship Church, pleaded guilty t...
    A father and son have pleaded guilty to wire fraud related to an unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants in a secretive sect say was part of a plan to keep money flowing into the church.More >>
    A father and son have pleaded guilty to wire fraud related to an unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants in a secretive sect say was part of a plan to keep money flowing into the church.More >>
  • Family: Virginia police shooting video raises more questions

    Family: Virginia police shooting video raises more questions

    Saturday, May 26 2018 4:59 PM EDT2018-05-26 20:59:23 GMT
    (Richmond Police via AP). This still image taken from the Richmond, Va., Police body camera shows a police officer pointing his gun at Marcus-David Peters on May 14, 2018, in Richmond, Va. Police Chief Alfred Durham on Friday, May 25, released the vide...(Richmond Police via AP). This still image taken from the Richmond, Va., Police body camera shows a police officer pointing his gun at Marcus-David Peters on May 14, 2018, in Richmond, Va. Police Chief Alfred Durham on Friday, May 25, released the vide...
    The family of a young, black Virginia man who was fatally shot by police while naked and unarmed says the release of body-camera footage has brought more questions than answers.More >>
    The family of a young, black Virginia man who was fatally shot by police while naked and unarmed says the release of body-camera footage has brought more questions than answers.More >>
Powered by Frankly