KidBean.com Donates Eco-Friendly Children's Shoes to Soles4Souls® for Haitian Relief

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KidBean.com, an online retailer of organic baby clothing and toys, has teamed up with Soles4Souls® to assist in their efforts to donate 1 million pairs of shoes, along with other relief supplies, to victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.

KidBean.com owner Melissa Zenz's kids with the 19 boxes of shoes they donated to Haiti

For their part, KidBean.com has donated nearly 850 pairs of brand new organic children's shoes. The eco-friendly children's shoes were all made with fair labor and have organic hemp uppers and recycled rubber soles.

KidBean.com, an online retailer of organic baby clothing and toys, has teamed up with Soles4Souls® to assist in their efforts to donate 1 million pairs of shoes, along with other relief supplies, to victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Soles4Souls® has partnered with KidBean.com, and other organizations, to provide the people of Haiti with emergency aid, including food, bottled water, medical supplies, tents, and baby products. For their part, KidBean.com has donated nearly 850 pairs of brand new organic children's shoes. The eco-friendly children's shoes were all made with fair labor and have organic hemp uppers and recycled rubber soles.

"Since this devastating earthquake, the Haitian people have been living in turmoil," said KidBean.com founder and owner Melissa Zenz. "After viewing some of the photographs taken shortly after the earthquake, all I could think about was the Haitian children living in that chaos. In an environment covered with broken glass, raw sewage and other debris, something as simple as pair of children's shoes can significantly improve health and safety conditions."

From its founding in 2001, KidBean.com has been committed to supporting charities that provide disaster relief as well as non-profits that promote a more sustainable and compassionate world.

Soles4Souls has partnered with other relief organizations to transport and distribute the aid. Thirty containers of supplies, including footwear, clothing, food, water, and medical supplies have already been sent to Haiti.

“As we struggle to comprehend the magnitude of this disaster, we cannot 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 deeply appreciate the support of KidBean.com in helping us provide shoes and other essential items to survivors and volunteers as they work in horrific conditions.”

"I initially contacted our local Red Cross chapter but they were unable to accept our donation because their own offices in Haiti had been destroyed and they had no means to receive goods," said Ms. Zenz. "I was thrilled to find Soles4Souls® and am deeply grateful to them for pioneering this effort to bring shoes and other basic necessities to the victims in Haiti."

About KidBean.com
KidBean.com is an online retailer of organic baby clothing, toys and more. Based in Asheville, NC, the company specializes in earth-friendly, labor-friendly, vegan products for children, with a heavy emphasis on US-made products. KidBean.com's mission is to make a difference in the world by educating people about the health, environmental, and social benefits of sustainably-produced, fair-labor, vegan products for babies and children, and then offering those products for sale through a clean, attractive, and user-friendly website. Visit http://www.kidbean.com.

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.

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