VU encourages fans to donate shoes for Haitian earthquake relief

Jan. 20, 2010

Vanderbilt will be holding a shoe drive in partnership with Soles4Souls to encourage fans this weekend to donate new or gently worn shoes to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti at both the men's and women's basketball games at Memorial Gym.

Fans for the men's game versus Auburn and women's game against Mississippi State are encouraged to bring a pair of shoes to donate to the relief efforts for the Haitian earthquake. Collection points will be located throughout the concourse of Memorial Gym. Fans should tie the shoes together and place them in the bins that will be manned by Vanderbilt student-athletes.

The Auburn game will tip off at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, while the women's game will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday's game will be Jam the Gym, with all tickets going for $1.

Soles4Soles has committed to donating 1 million pairs of shoes to the victims in Haiti.

About Soles4Souls
Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. The charity distributes these shoes free of charge to people in need, regardless of race, religion, class, or any other criteria. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 5.5 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently donating one pair every 9 seconds.) The shoes have been distributed to people in over 125 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States. Soles4Souls has been featured in Runner's World, Ladies' Home Journal, National Geographic's Green Guide and The New York Times. It has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, BBC, CNN and thousands of regional news outlets across North America. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Anyone can join our cause, and we need your help. Visit



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