Before Carolina Panther Steve Smith takes the field against the Buccaneers to open the NFL season Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, he will be in Clearwater, washing feet.
Smith, a prolific receiver, will use his hands to wash 400 homeless people's feet and give them new shoes and socks at Pinellas Safe Harbor on Saturday.
Smith and other volunteers working with Central Tampa's and international nonprofit Samaritan's Feet will give out these items starting at 5 p.m.
Smith is planning to distribute shoes in each city the Panthers play this season.
Manny Ohonme, who got a scholarship to play collegiate basketball because of a donated pair of shoes, started Charlotte-based Samaritan's Feet in 2003. He got his first pair of shoes from a missionary when he was 9. Smith is part of the NFL Football Ambassadors program at Samaritan's Feet.
Pinellas Safe Harbor is a county-run shelter equipped to house and feed 470 people each day.