CORRECTING and REPLACING Delaware’s Homeless Receive Shoes and Foot Exams
Through Heart to Soles Event with Help from Christiana Care Health System
CORRECTION...by Christiana Care Health System
WILMINGTON, Del. -- November 26, 2012
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The corrected release reads:
DELAWARE’S HOMELESS RECEIVE SHOES AND FOOT EXAMS THROUGH HEART TO SOLES EVENT
WITH HELP FROM CHRISTIANA CARE HEALTH SYSTEM
With winter approaching, Heart to Soles and volunteers from Christiana Care
Health System’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery will be at the Sunday
Breakfast Mission on Monday, Nov. 26, to ensure that some of Delaware’s
homeless people have warm socks, new shoes, free foot exams and access to foot
“Feet are a big concern when it comes to the homeless and their health,” said
Rev. Tom Layman, executive director of Sunday Breakfast Mission, a homeless
services provider in Wilmington. “They are walking around a lot, wearing
whatever they can find to cover their feet. Also, a disproportionate number of
homeless suffer from diseases like diabetes, which affect blood flow to
This is the second annual Heart to Soles event at the Sunday Breakfast
Mission. Last year, about 50 people received the foot exams, shoes and socks.
“We will do physical exams and expect to see issues ranging from exposure to
cold and wet to other chronic problems,” said Paul Kupcha, M.D., an
orthopaedic surgeon and section chief with Christiana Care.
Dr. Kupcha, the local coordinator of the national Hearts to Soles event, has
been volunteering with Pittsburgh-based Heart to Soles (www.heartstosoles.com)
for five years and said proper footwear is an essential part of both foot care
and overall health. He is providing supplies from his practice and expects to
be joined at the Mission by other Christiana Care volunteers, including
nurses, orthotists and surgeons.
“People were overjoyed last year when Hearts to Soles came,” Rev. Layman said.
“Some people knew they had issues with their feet, but didn’t pay attention to
them. When they received care as well as shoes and socks that fit, that
seemingly little thing was a huge deal to them.”
For this year’s event, Guess?, Inc. is providing 60 pairs of new shoes through
the Heart to Soles organization while Independence Orthotics is providing 50
pairs of specialty shoes for people with advanced diabetic foot needs.
For information on the Sunday Breakfast Mission – including ways to help –
For more information about Christiana Care, visit
Christiana Care Health System
Hiran J. Ratnayake, Senior Manager of Media and Government Relations
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