Helping kids with their basic needs is what parents do—and at the rate school age kids grow, it’s a constant challenge to keep on top of their changing sizes and the need for replacement items.

Socks, shoes, underwear, and backpacks with school supplies are items ALL students need, and families who are struggling financially will breathe a little easier after a special day of events designed to help provide those basics at no cost.

This month, Life 96.5 Radio is partnering with Samaritan’s Feet, Prairie View Prevention Services, and The Banquet/SOS. We are teaming up to bring awareness to the resources available to families on Saturday, August 18th.

  • Families in need of assistance can receive free new socks and shoes for their children who come to one of three locations staffed by Samaritan’s Feet staff and volunteers: Hayward Elementary School, First United Methodist and Wesley United Methodist Church.
  • Parents and children can also attend the Celebrating Families Free Back to School Event at St. Joseph Cathedral School and receive information and assistance on health and dental care, safety and school information, plus a complimentary lunch and free packaged socks and underwear for the kids.
  • School-aged children from families in need can receive a free brand new backpack filled with school supplies from The Banquet’s SOS program at Whittier Middle School.


Volunteers and Donations are needed!

  • Samaritan’s Feet needs volunteers on Saturday, August 18 to assist families who come to the three locations for socks and shoes. Volunteers can sign up at one of these 3 locations:

Donations of brand new athletic shoes can be brought to American Bank & Trust (locations at River Centre–200 E. 10th St. and Sycamore Ave. and 3405 S. Sycamore Ave.), Oh My Cupcakes and AMaVo (both at 5015 S. Western Ave.) in Sioux Falls.

  • Celebrating Families is in need of donations of brand new packages of socks and underwear for both boys and girls. Sizes for preschoolers through adults are needed. To volunteer at the event at St. Joseph Cathedral Elementary School, including set up/take down on August 17 and 18, please pre-register by calling 605-331-5724 or email

Please bring donations of new packages of socks and underwear to: AMaVo 5015 S Western Ave Suite #260, Sioux Falls ShopKo locations, Sioux Falls Lewis Drug locations, Acucare Physical Therapy at 1700 S. Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls, Sanford Pediatric UnitsLife 96.5 Studios 6300 S. Tallgrass Ave., Sioux Falls, OR Prairie View Prevention Services, 822 E. 41st Street, Sioux Falls, 8 am to 4 pm.

Donations of new backpacks and school supplies can be made directly to The Banquet, 900 E. 8th Street, Sioux Falls, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm by Friday, August 10th OR AMaVo (5015 S. Western Ave. #260, Sioux Falls).

Thank you for serving and giving! You are the hands and feet of Jesus in the lives of families in need across the Sioux Empire.

10 Responses to "Life 96.5 July Hands & Feet: Together we grow"

  • Deb Munce says:

    Hi, I have quit few Ty Beanie Babies that are in excellent shape. I was wondering if you would like them to give out to the children as you see fit.

    1. lbanik says:

      Hi Deb!

      Thank you for reaching out and asking 🙂 We will check into it and get back to you!


    2. Tracy S says:

      This would also be a wonderful donation to Operation Christmas Child in November!

  • Liz Sheppard says:

    We would love to get involved and collect donations and send volunteers down to help hand out . Let me know how the best route to get our crew signed up for this. Thank you! Liz

    1. lbanik says:

      Hi Liz!

      Luanne will connect up with you regarding all those things! Thank YOU for being willing to help out 🙂 We appreciate it!


    2. Liz Sheppard says:

      Hi Lauren, I have not heard back on how we can start assisting in helping next month with the Hands and feet program. We were going to start gathering good and schedule out to help stuff and hand out it we can get a little more information . Thank you! Liz

  • Patty says:

    Hi I have a question does it matter where u live to be able to get help for school supplies and what ages do u help? I live in Rushmore Minnesota. Please let me know if I am able to get help. Thank you have a blessed day

    1. lbanik says:

      Hi Patty! To answer your question, I’ll have you connect up with the ministries themselves. They may have different requirements since we are partnering with 3 of them for this one Hands and Feet Opportunity…please feel free to give them a call at:
      Prairie View – 605-331-5724 or email
      Banquet – Erika Lapour at or 335-7066

      Hope that helps!

  • Lana Boone says:

    What are the times on August 18th for families in need to receive both the socks and shoes at Hayward Elementary and the Celebrating Families free underwear and school supplies at St. Joseph? Thanks!

    I listen to 96.5 constantly, and so does my mom and both my kids. We love it, the music is very uplifting and encouraging! Thank you so much for all that you guys do! It’s so awesome! God Bless!

    1. Hi Lana!

      I work for Prairie View Prevention who is organizing the Celebrating Families event. Celebrating Families will run 9am-1pm on Saturday August 18th. We are distributing socks and underwear (one pack of each per kid, kids have to be present with parent(s)). Please call 331-5724 if you have any other questions or want additional information on the vendors who will be present.

      The Banquet will be having Project SOS at Whittier Middle School the same day from 9am-4pm where there will be a backpack/school supply distribution. I believe calling 605.335.7066 will get you additional information.

      Samaritan’s Feet will be doing the sock/shoe distribution from 9am-12pm I believe. To be sure of location hours try emailing Denise Blomberg at

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