Jan. 31, 2013
Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity is ramping up efforts to help individuals in need this year. And Vanderbilt Athletics is getting on board to help the shoeless. Individuals can help by donating some of the 700 MILLION pairs of shoes thrown away by Americans each year.
The shoe drive will be coordinated by the Vanderbilt Athletics Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a group made up of two representatives from each sport. Commodore student-athletes will be collecting the shoes at the men's basketball game against Alabama on Saturday, February 2. The game starts at 3 p.m., visit vucommodores.com or call 615-322-GOLD for tickets.
By recycling your gently worn shoes with the charity, the discarded footwear will be given a second chance at life. By being redistributed through the charity's international and domestic partners, millions of children and adults could receive their first pair of shoes.
Soles4Souls has distributed more than 19 million pairs of shoes around the world with the help of partners like Vanderbilt Athletics. With 1 in every 4 adults in the world living in extreme poverty, basic necessities like shoes are simply unavailable. In developing nations like Haiti, Honduras, and Tanzania, walking is the main form of transportation, and shoes can protect a person's feet from cuts and infections. Also, children in other parts of the world cannot attend school without a pair of shoes.
"We have always been proud to say we do our part to keep footwear out of landfills, and hopefully put them on the feet of someone in need," said Buddy Teaster, CEO of Soles4Souls. "Please join Vanderbilt Athletics in this initiative to collect gently worn footwear, and possibly improve the quality of someone's daily life."
For more information on how to get involved and donate, visit 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 giveshoes.org , clothes4souls.org , or hope4souls.org for more information.