Red Wing Shoes, Local Doctors, and the Non-Profit "Our Hearts to Your Soles" Collaborate to Provide Shoes and Clothing to Those in Need

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“Our Hearts to Your Soles” will be distributing thousands of Red Wing shoes and boots, Isotoner hats, and Dignity U Wear socks, as well as providing free foot medical screening exams, physical therapy, and legal services to Minneapolis and St. Paul homeless.

On Tuesday, November 20, 2012 between 430pm and 7pm, “Our Hearts to Your Soles”, a local non-profit working in conjunction with “Soles4Souls”, a national non-profit, will be distributing thousands of Red Wing shoes and boots to homeless shelters in approximately forty U.S. Cities, including Minneapolis. This is the eighth year the Twin Cities has been involved in the program. The event will be held at St. Stephen’s Human Services located at 2123 Clinton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

Local physicians, surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, their families, and a host of volunteers are organizing the event in tandem with “Our Hearts to Your Souls” and “Soles4Souls”. Dr. Lance Silverman, an Orthopedic Surgeon, and Chris Boosalis, Minnesota Prosthetics and Orthotics, are spearheading the event. Silverman Ankle & Foot provides the financial support for the event.

Dr. Silverman saw a need in the community and recognized the value of partnering with “Our Hearts to Your Soles” to fill that need. “I wanted to help those that couldn’t get proper footwear because of economic and societal challenges they faced,” said Silverman. “The homeless in the Twin Cities are at significant risk given our winter weather. Snow and ice increase the risk of injury from slips and falls and the temperatures can cause frostbite if proper footwear is not available. As an ankle & foot specialist, I wanted to help.”

Historically the event has provided nearly 500 needy individuals with socks, shoes and a professional medical examination, all at no charge. At this year’s event, Isotoner is donating 300 hats, Dignity U Wear is donating 600 pairs of socks, physical therapists from around the Twin Cities will help teach therapeutic exercise, and several lawyers will be available to provide free legal advice.

About Red Wing Shoe Company
Founded in 1905 in the quiet river town of Red Wing, Minnesota, the Red Wing Shoe Company has consistently crafted dependable boots for working men and women. Today, Red Wing boots are found around the globe. They have recently donated more than 10,000 pairs of high quality Red Wing footwear to Soles4Souls Inc., the international shoe charity dedicated to providing free footwear to people in need. More than 500 pairs of shoes and boots are reserved for the Minnesota event.

About Soles4Souls
Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Since its inception, Soles4Souls has distributed millions of pairs (one pair every 9 seconds) to people in over 60 countries, including Honduras, Romania, Thailand, and the Sudan. The charity has been featured on CNN Headline News, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC News, FOX, CBS, and hundreds of regional news outlets across North America. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. or 866-521-SHOE.

About Our Hearts to Your Soles
Seven years ago Matthew Conti and his father Dr. Stephen Conti, an orthopedic surgeon created the unique non-profit organization known as “Our Hearts to Your Soles.” Laura Conti, Matthew’s sister who, at 20 years old, is expanding the organization into a nationwide network, currently manages the program.

With help and support from Soles4Souls and Red Wing Shoes, each November, Our Hearts to Your Soles screens, fits and provides footwear to thousands of homeless men and women.

The Minnesota chapter of Our Hearts to Your Soles relies on local support for success. Minnesota Prosthetics and Orthotics, Silverman Ankle & Foot and Red Wing Shoes have once again generously provided this year’s financial backing.

“Our Hearts to Your Soles” is in need of donations. Volunteers facilitate program administration; virtually 100% of your donation will go directly to the homeless. Just $15 can give a foot examination and a pair of new shoes and socks to one person!

About Dignity U Wear
Dignity U Wear distributes dignity in the form of brand new clothing. Their goal is to distribute clothing in a way that maximizes the impact that clothing has on lives. With that in mind, they collaborate with other great social service agencies on projects and programs where the clothing is given to people at the right time. Dignity was founded in 2000 by an extraordinary person; philanthropist and Holocaust survivor, Henri Landwirth. “I know what it means to stripped of personal dignity,” he says, “to not have clothes of one’s own and to give up all hope. When I see people suffering indignities, I know we have to help: and through Dignity U Wear, we do.”
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About Isotoner
The totes ISOTONER Corporation, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the world's largest marketer of umbrellas, gloves, rainwear, rubber overshoes, and other weather-related accessories. Founded in 1910, the Aris Glove Company originally manufactured fine quality leather gloves and knit accessories in Europe and later in the United States. In the early 1970's, Aris developed a glove made from nylon/spandex fabric with leather trim. The glove was marketed under the ISOTONER name combining the terms "isometric" and "toning" to reflect the 4-way stretch and massaging properties. The ISOTONER glove was a major success for the company. Aris changed its name to ARIS ISOTONER, Incorporated and in 1969 became a subsidiary of Consolidated Foods, now the Sara Lee Corporation. In 1997, totes and ISOTONER merged to form the totes ISOTONER Corporation. Visit them online at:

About Silverman Ankle & Foot
Silverman Ankle & Foot is your choice for excellence in foot and ankle care in Minnesota. We are committed to providing each and every patient with the highest standard of care, and the personal attention they deserve. Working one-on-one with patients, Dr. Silverman provides a comfortable and understanding environment - with your health and personal well being his top priority. For more information call (952) 920-4333 Ext 5, email at info (at) anklefootmd (dot) com, or find us online at, and

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