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Louisiana Treatment Center Townsend Sponsors Back to Basics Charity Shoe Drive

Townsend, a Louisiana treatment center, is partnering with Samaritan’s Feet and the Handley Foundation to provide new shoes and encouragement for children.

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) – September, 24 2013 Townsend, a top Louisiana treatment center, is joining forces with Samaritan’s Feet and the Handley Family Foundation for the Back to Basics shoe distribution event, which Samaritan’s Feet holds each year.

Humanitarian non-profit Samaritan’s Feet has been collecting shoes for needy children over the past year, and volunteers will distribute them at the Back to Basics event. The event will take place on October 1, 2013 from 9 – 11 a.m. at Lagniappe Academies in New Orleans.

“The Back to Basics shoe drive is such an important event, and we’re excited to be involved,” said Townsend CEO, Michael Handley. “Townsend is committed to helping Louisiana families, and this is just one more way we can help out. Every child deserves to have a pair of shoes on his or her feet, and we’re working to make that happen.”

Children at the event will not only receive a new pair of shoes, but they will also have their feet washed by volunteers. The involved organizations hope to inspire recipients as well as meet their physical needs.

Last year, Samaritan’s Feet hosted 88 events nationwide, donating roughly 41,100 pairs of shoes to children in need. These events are designed to take some of the pressure off of families at the start of the school year, a time when expenses mount quickly.

Families who wish to be recipients in the event should pre-register to reserve a spot. Volunteers can contact Samaritan’s Feet to sign up. Media guests are also welcome at the event.

To learn more about Back to Basics, visit Fore more information on Townsend’s involvement or the Louisiana treatment center’s drug rehab services, visit

About Townsend

Townsend’s Louisiana treatment centers treat addiction as a single disease that is typically self-treated with alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, compulsive overeating, and other substances. Townsend helps patients find ways of coping with their symptoms through active engagement in successful programming for lifetime recovery. In addition to their New Orleans location, they also have treatment centers in Houma, Baton Rouge, Covington, Lafayette, and Metairie.

About Samaritan’s Feet

Samaritan’s Feet is a 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization that shares a message of hope and love through washing the feet of impoverished children around the world and adorning them with new shoes. There are an estimated 300 million children who go without shoes every day and more than one million that die each year from foot borne disease. Our goal is to provide 10 million pairs of shoes for children in the next 10 years, and since 2003 Samaritan’s Feet and its team of ambassadors have blessed more than four million children in more than 60 nations.


Dan Forman


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