NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Soles4Souls Inc., the international shoe charity, announced Friday morning that it already has two shipments of shoes en route to Alabama for victims of the devastating Tornadoes that ripped through much of the Southeast on Tuesday and Wednesday. Deemed one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks on record, the storms took hundreds of lives and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses in 6 states. The charity will be distributing shoes in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham today, along with other relief aid. Soles4Souls will also ship shoes to 10 other counties by early next week.
Individuals interested in supporting Soles4Souls' relief efforts are encouraged to visit www.giveshoes.org to find the nearest shoe drop-off location in their area or to financially sponsor pairs of new shoes to be sent. Individuals can also text the word SHOES to 20222 to donate $5.
"We are stunned and saddened by the overwhelming devastation in our own state of Tennessee, as well as the entire Southeast," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. "Like our response to Hurricane Katrina, we are determined to help individuals so close to home who lost everything by providing them with shoes and a little hope during this difficult hour. We are asking the general public to stand behind this mission to help our neighbors who are hurting," he added.
For more information on how to get involved and donate to the victims in the Southeast, visit 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.