Soles4Souls(R), the Shoe Charity, Partners with Sportlifestyle Brand PUMA(R) to Aid Victims of Haitian Earthquake

Jan 18, 2010, 16:15 ET from Soles4Souls Inc.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Soles4Souls Inc. (www.giveshoes.org) announced today that they would team up with global athletic brand, PUMA, to raise funds to help send more than 1,000,000 pairs of shoes to the Haiti victims.  

Beginning January 16, PUMA and Soles4Souls will encourage consumers to donate funds at any one of the PUMA Stores across the US.  Individuals will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5, or $10 to support the effort.  Consumers can visit www.puma.com for store locations.  PUMA will also be collecting gently worn shoes at their US offices in Westford and Boston to be used in the relief effort.    

"As we struggle to comprehend the magnitude of this disaster, it's easy to forget how important basic necessities – such as shoes – will be in the ongoing rescue and rebuilding efforts," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. "We appreciate the quick response from our amazing friends at PUMA.  Their support will help the victims in this area begin to rebuild their lives."

The death toll from Tuesday's quake continues to rise, and survivors and rescuers are facing dire health conditions including stifling heat, lack of clean water, broken glass and raw sewage.  

For more information on how to get involved and donate to the victims in Haiti, visit www.giveshoes.org.

About Soles4Souls®

Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you.  We distribute these shoes, free of charge, to people in need around the world. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 7 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently distributing one pair every 9 seconds). The shoes have been distributed in 125 countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Nepal and the United States. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages.

SOURCE Soles4Souls Inc.



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