Collecting Shoes for soles4souls

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Children from Cardinal Montessori School - Collecting shoes for soles4souls

Woodbridge, VA residents are invited to be donate their shoes to help millions worldwide

Soles4Souls, the global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty, is ramping up efforts to help individuals in need this year. And Children from Cardinal Montessori School 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.

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 organization’s international micro-enterprise partners, men and women will be given the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty by earning a sustainable income.

Sport and Health in Woodbridge, VA is the collection location from May 20 – 26, 2013. And NetCentrics in Herndon, VA has agreed to help offset the cost of shipping.

Soles4Souls has distributed more than 19 million pairs of shoes around the world with the help of partners like Children from Cardinal Montessori School. 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 are excited that individuals like Children from Cardinal Montessori School are working with us to help end the perpetuation of poverty by providing used shoes and micro-jobs to individuals in other countries,” said Buddy Teaster, CEO of Soles4Souls. “Please join in this initiative to collect gently worn footwear, and possibly improve the quality of someone’s daily life. Shoes can enable someone to step out of poverty.”

For more information on how to get involved and donate, visit http://www.giveshoes.org.

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About Soles4Souls®
Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator.

Please visit http://www.giveshoes.org for more information.

CONTACT:
Elizabeth Kirk, Soles4Souls
615-391-5723
elizabethk(at)giveshoes(dot)org

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