Soles4Souls Inc. has committed to collect and distribute shoes to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters. The shoe charity provides one pair of shoes to a person in need every 7 seconds. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 13 million pairs of shoes because of the generosity and commitment of people and organizations.
Soles4Souls, Brescia University and Independence Bank will be collecting your new or gently worn footwear and/or donations for three weeks to make a tangible difference through the gift of shoes. Every donation will support the charity’s initiative to distribute shoes to those in need.
“With tragedies such as the earthquakes in countries like Haiti and Japan, on top of the enormous needs elsewhere, we can use the estimated 1.5 billion shoes taking up space in the closets of ordinary people to change the world one pair at a time,” said Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls, Wayne Elsey.
Elsey added, “We need partners like Brescia University and Independence Bank to get behind Soles4Souls. Donating shoes is one of the most simple yet profound acts you can do, because it will greatly improve someone’s life in the most difficult of times.”
The shoe drive takes place from January 30 – February 19. Collection boxes are located in all the main Brescia University campus buildings and all three Independence Bank branch locations (Frederica Street, Highway 54, and Parrish Avenue).
Be sure to join Independence Bank and Brescia University for the Brescia Bearcats men’s and women’s basketball games on Saturday, February 11 at the Sportscenter for the Independence Bank “In It to Win It” competition, which occurs during half-time. The competition will center around the shoe drive. Game times are at 6 and 8 pm.
People and companies interested in donating can visit the organization’s website at www.giveshoes.org.
About Soles4Souls®, Clothes4Souls®, and Hope4Souls™
Soles4Souls collects new shoes to give relief to the victims of abject suffering and collects used shoes to support micro-enterprise efforts to eradicate poverty. Soles4Souls’ other two divisions, Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls, provide the same relief and support through clothing and other necessities. Donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit www.giveshoes.org, www.clothes4souls.org, or www.hope4souls.org for more information.