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Thousands of pairs of shoes and socks go to eastern Kentucky

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University of Kentucky men's head basketball coach John Calipari, left, puts socks on one of the kids whose families have been displaced from the eastern Kentucky flooding at a shoe giveaway for flood victims at Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg, Ky., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Thousands of pairs of shoes and socks are being distributed to people affected by flooding in eastern Kentucky last month. As WUKY's Alro Barnette reports the Samaritan’s Feet organization partnered with the University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari, the Kentucky basketball team and state officials to give away bags containing shoes and socks Tuesday.

The Calipari Foundation sponsored the events at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg and Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park in Buckhorn. HanesBrands donated 10,000 pairs of socks for the events. Samaritan’s Feet said in a news release that it and its partners have served more than 8.7 million people in 108 countries and 530 U.S. cities since it was founded in 2003.