NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Soles4Souls Inc., the international shoe charity dedicated to providing free footwear to people in need, has announced, in partnership with Suddath Relocation Systems, it is placing portable storage containers in 14 major cities to accept shoe donations for the victims of Jan. 12's 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. The charity has already pledged one million pairs of shoes to be distributed to Haitians during a sustained giving plan in coordination with other agencies.
"We are thankful to our friends at Suddath for recognizing the need for community support during this tragedy," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. "Donating your shoes is an easy way for individuals to make a tangible difference in the lives of these victims who have lost everything," he said.
The SAM containers will be placed in Los Angeles, San Jose, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Atlanta, New York City, Baltimore, Nashville, Dallas, Houston, and Charlotte. The staffed collection centers will be open from 8-5 Monday-Friday.
"We are proud to partner with Soles4Souls for this nationwide effort and invite the public to clean out their closets and get involved in improving the hopes of so many people affected by this terrible tragedy," said Robert Vespa/Director of Business Development. "A pair of shoes will help improve the safety and health of every Haitian as they struggle to rebuild their shattered country," he said.
For more information on Soles4Souls and its relief partners, visit www.giveshoes.org.
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. Visit www.giveshoes.org for more information.
SOURCE Soles4Souls Inc.