July 12, 2012
-- Footwashers Ministries, Inc., a Richardson-based Christian non-profit organization which helps families in need including the elderly and disabled, will tackle their largest scale project to date on September 22. The ministry is expecting several hundred volunteers to come together to revamp more than 27 homes with tasks such as painting, fence repair and replacement, landscaping, and tree removal. Footwashers will also take on a much needed update to the Richardson YMCA. The entire event is in memory of Pete Burks, whose life represented the mission of Footwashers.
“It is our honor to kick off this annual event in honor of Pete,” said Adam Kanneman, executive director for Footwashers. “Pete was an amazing Christian man and an even better friend. This event is an amazing way to serve the community and honor a friend. We look forward to remembering him each year in this way.”
Footwashers began in 2011 as a mission to inspire local churches to engage their communities through service and lasting relationships. Footwashers is the tool that connects funds, materials, and volunteers via correspondence with local municipalities to those in need and encourages volunteers to maintain relationships with the people they’ve served. To date, Footwashers has completed over 30 projects and was recently recognized by the Richardson City Council and received a proclamation from Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend for its work in the community.
Footwashers is naming this event in honor of Second Lieutenant Pete Burks, who was killed in Iraq in November 2007 while serving in the United States Army. Pete was a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he was the president of his fraternity, a Young Life mentor, and a sports reporter for The Battalion. Before joining the Army Pete also worked as a bicycle tour guide in Paris, France, and treated everyone he met with kindness and enthusiasm for who they were as individuals. Pete led by example and was a humble, action-oriented man of God. He left a legacy of service and leadership that he forged in just 26 short years, a legacy Footwashers Ministries is honored to help keep alive. Pete was more than a soldier in his life as recognized by those who have rallied around this 1st annual event. His life was the true meaning of Footwasher.