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Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 06:22 pm

FOOT PHILANTHROPY

In the Bible, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet in a selfless display of servanthood. On Thursday, a group of nurses will do the same for several chronically homeless people living in the capital city. Homeless United for Change (HUC), an anti-homelessness advocacy group in Springfield, is hosting a foot clinic for homeless people at 7:30 p.m. in the Springfield Overflow Shelter, 1110 East Adams St. HUC’s executive director, Rev. Linda Gessaman, says foot health is often neglected among homeless people, who can experience fungal infections, severe athlete’s foot, ingrown or overgrown toenails and more. “I have personally observed individuals who walk around all day in the freezing cold with wet feet literally peel their socks off their feet at the end of the day, and the skin comes off with it,” Gessaman says. Each person served at the free clinic will receive a free pair of boots and clean socks. For more information, call HUC at 217-816-2766 or find HUC online at www.facebook.com/homelessunitedforchange.
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