St. Louis Post Dispatch
Marketing content contributor by Lori Rose
6 hrs ago
Between 2008 and 2014, Hutchings’ Shoeman Water Projects collected and sold four million pounds of shoes and dug more than 300 wells in Kenya, providing clean water to thousands.
George Hutchings nearly gave his life on the battlefield in Vietnam. Now he’s in the business of providing life-giving clean water to people who thirst.
Not to mention shoes, medical supplies, food and schools.
Hutchings, 69, has been the force behind several charities that work around the world. His most recent project, The Aqua Effect, recently dug a well through hard African granite to provide access to clean drinking water in a remote village in Kenya.
Hutchings was a high school student from Southeast Missouri when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967. While serving in Vietnam in 1968 he was severely injured, earning a Purple Heart.
Shot three times in the hip when he and his men were ambushed, he lay on the battlefield, playing dead and praying to God.
“Three people in front of me were killed, and a couple behind me,” he said. “I’m laying out in no man’s land, they were shooting over my head, and I said ‘God, if you’ll get me out of here, I’ll live for you the rest of my life.’”
Sgt. Hutchings was sitting in a muddy foxhole trying to wring out his socks when a superior directed him to collect drinking water from a nearby stream. Before he could get his boots back on, a buddy volunteered to go in his place. Moments later, that buddy was struck in the chest by enemy rocket fire.
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