Samaritan’s Feet to give 600 children, adults in Indy shoes

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A handful of Indianapolis volunteers will partner with Samaritan’s Feet to give 600 children and adults across the city a new pair of shoes in honor of National Day of Service.

The first event takes place on Tuesday at St. Lawrence Catholic School from 9 a.m. until noon. It will serve more than 220 students.

A second shoe distribution event will be held on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at Louis B. Russell Elementary. It will serve 375 students, staff and teachers.

The National Day of Service campaign isn’t just happening in Indianapolis but all across the country. In total, Samaritan’s Feet will serve more than 12,000 people in 25 cities and 15 states. It’s done with nearly 1,000 volunteers and funded through a four-year grant received from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is a federal agency that’s highly praised for volunteering and civic engagement efforts.

The goal of Samaritan’s Feet is to create a world with zero shoeless children and help the more than 1.5 billion people that are infected with diseases transmitted through contaminated soil.

Two more shoe distribution events will take place in Indianapolis on Feb. 21 and Feb. 25 and but the locations are not known yet.


Neighbors stunned by shooting in ‘safe,’ ‘quiet’ Eagles Watch subdivision

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH ) — The Eagles Watch subdivision on the city’s northwest side is home to dozens of families.

“It’s very quiet here,” said Irma Molina, who lives on Eagles Watch Drive.

The winding road is often touted as an oasis of safety, seemingly removed from the city’s crime crisis, according to Jeremy Layly, who lives down the street from Molina.

He walks his dogs through the neighborhood every night without worrying about what he’ll encounter in the dark.

On Thursday night, his walk led him toward flashing police lights and crime scene tape. 

Detectives were collecting evidence from the scene of a shooting in the 5000 block of Eagles Watch Drive, less than a quarter of a mile from Layly’s home.

“I’ve heard gunshots [before] but not in the neighborhood,” he told News 8. “That’s intense.”

Officers arrived around 4 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. An unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests had been made Thursday night. No suspect information was available.

The shooting appeared to be targeted and did not pose an immediate threat to public safety, police said.

“[Detectives are] working hard to solve these crimes and to prevent crimes,” said Michael Hewitt, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).

Molina, whose home was within the police perimeter, ducked under the yellow tape to speak with News 8.

She and her son still feel safe living on Eagles Creek Drive, she said, but she is wary of rising crime in other parts of the city.

“It is very dangerous lately,” Molina said in Spanish. “Many crimes have happened.”

Anybody with information about the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.