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Liberty nursing students offer mani/pedis to homeless people

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Liberty University nursing students are getting hands on with feet.

They partnered with the Lynchburg Salvation Army to give a little pampering to those who need it most- it's called the Hands and Feet Clinic.

Those with the School of Nursing, who run the service, say the painting of Jesus washing one of his disciples' feet was one of their inspirations.

The painting hangs in their hallway as a reminder of their mission, because they say nursing is a ministry of caring for people from all walks of life.

Nursing students started the service in spring 2016 and the turnout has increased with every event.

"When I walk out of there, I'm so proud I'm just lifted up, and thinking wow, they care about us so much," says Barbara Harris, who was taken in with the Lynchburg Salvation Army in January. "These students are so loving... it's really uplifting."

Dr. Humphreys with the School of Nursing says it's a rewarding experience for everyone involved.

"We're working with people who sometimes use their feet as the primary means of transportation, and those feet get pretty worn out, so to have someone who's not unwilling to touch their feet and clean them and offer a kind word or prayer seems to be really meaningful," she says.

Homeless people who attend more than two Hands and Feet clinic sessions qualify for a free pair of shoes.

Thanks to a grant given to Liberty's nursing school, they're getting those final orders in and will be distributing the shoes on March 22.

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