Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Soles4Souls

Soles4Souls is a non-profit organization based out of Nashville, TN that collects shoes from footwear companies and donations from individuals around the world. Soles4Souls collects all the shoes that are donated and distributes them to people in need around the world. 

Soles4Souls was originally started to help those in need after the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Soles4Souls really took off after they had over one million pairs of shoes donated to help in the Asian Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita relief efforts. Since then, they have distributed over 16 million pairs of shoes to over 127 countries with people in need of shoes. Soles4Souls receives large donations from footwear companies, retailers, churches, nonprofit ministries, civic groups, schools and individuals like you. Soles4Souls is about "Changing the World - One Pair at a Time."

You may be asking yourself why shoes? Here in America we take shoes for granted with most having multiple pairs of shoes. Many American’s have shoes sitting in their closets that they haven’t ever worn and don’t ever plan on wearing them. We think of shoes as a luxury, but, in reality, shoes are a basic human necessity. 

Shoes help to prevent parasitic disease, like hook worm and thread worm, which plague over 1.4 billion people around the world. Over 300 million children worldwide are without shoes. This not only affects them by causing health and disease risks, but they aren’t able to attend school without shoes. Shoes are considered a required part of a child’s school uniform in most developing countries so many, many children are unable to attend elementary school. Click here to read more about why you should donate shoes to Soles4Souls.

Here at Rogan’s Shoes we do our part by donating shoes to Soles4Souls to be distributed to those in need. If you do not have a pair of shoes you want to donate you can donate a monetary (click here for more information) amount to Soles4Souls. One dollar equals one pair of shoes to someone in need, so the more you donate the more people in need you help protect from disease or you could be sending a child to school! 

If you are really moved by Soles4Souls you can click here to find out how you can help more by volunteering domestically to help collect shoes or travel to a country in need with Soles4Souls to help distribute donated shoes to those in need. Please help by donating to Soles4Souls or participating in the many volunteer opportunities available in your area. You can drop-off a pair of shoes at a Soles4Souls designated drop-off near you.

 

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