LOS ANGELES, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- More than a billion people worldwide are without a single pair of shoes – leaving them vulnerable to injuries and infections that those of us who have multiple pairs of shoes never have to face.
That is why, for the sixth consecutive year, Brighton has launched a drive to help Soles4Souls. In one of their largest charitable campaigns, more than 187 Brighton locations across America are collecting new and gently-worn shoes between April 12th through May 17th.
This year, Brighton hopes to collect more than 100,000 pairs of shoes for the charity. As owner and founder Jerry Kohl explains, "While we can't change the past for families in need, we can help with tomorrow by providing one of life's most basic necessities – a pair of shoes."
"Working with Brighton continues to be a terrific experience," said Soles4Souls CEO, Buddy Teaster. "Every year, their team finds new and creative ways to engage their employees and their customers. Given Brighton's history of innovation and quality, I wouldn't expect anything else! Through their efforts over the last six years, people in dozens of countries have a better life. We're honored to partner with such a caring, committed company."
The donated shoes will be delivered to Soles4Souls, an international anti-poverty organization that monetizes new and gently used shoes and clothing to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts, including distribution of new shoes and clothing.
Soles4Souls – which holds the highest rating from nonprofit watchdog Charity Navigator – contributes to environmental sustainability. Most of the reusable shoes will be distributed to microenterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti and other poor nations. The resulting revenue will help fund the free distribution of new shoes in the U.S. and overseas. Among its relief programs, the organization has distributed nearly 200,000 pairs of shoes to help Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
By participating in this drive, the people of Brighton are sending a message, that almost anyone with a closet has shoes they don't wear, or an old pair that will just end up in a landfill. They invite you to donate your shoes and take a step toward making the world a better place.
To find a Brighton Collectibles near you, visit brighton.com.
Known for excellent quality and a broad-ranging assortment of finely crafted accessories, Brighton also produces handbags, belts, jewelry, small leather essentials, eyewear, luggage, fragrances and gifts. Visit www.brighton.com to see the entire product line.
Soles4Souls is a global social enterprise committed to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Since it began, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 22 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator. Please visit www.soles4souls.org/pair-it-forward for more information.
SOURCE Brighton Collectibles