Lou. man's barefoot fundraiser helps hundreds of Ky. children


by Rachel Platt


Posted on August 4, 2014 at 5:35 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Richard Hudgins adventure began last December braving the cold and snow walking barefoot.

Hudgins wanted to see what it was like to live with what we all take for granted while raising money in the process.

As temperatures around the area began warming up, interest cooled off and so did donations.

When Hudgins arrived at WHAS11 studios Monday, his shoes were back on his feet and the experiment now over, he learned that life without basic necessities is tough.

Elijah and Emily Ombati work in Kenya and see people, especially children, without basic needs daily.

The Ombati’s are part of Nasha Ministries and their home church is Southeast Christian.

They say Hudgins on WHAS11 and reached out to him knowing he could help provide shoes and a future.

Without shoes, their children can’t go to school.

Hudgins was not able to go barefoot for a year but he did manage to raise $7400 which was enough money to buy shoes for 250 children in Kenya, a blessing for Nasha Ministries.

They Kenyan children will be able to get their shoes by September – thanks to a Kentucky man who forfeited his.

In addition to the money, Hudgins also collected 100 pairs of shoes which he plans on donating those to a local church in turn to be donated to children in Kentucky.