St. John’s University Department of Campus Recreation Announces Shoe Drive To Benefit SOLES4SOULS™ Inc., The Shoe Charity At Fitness Center and Taffner Field House on September 1 – September 30; The St. John’s University community is invited to recycle their ‘gently worn’ shoes for people in need
(Jamaica, N.Y.) – Every 13 seconds, Soles4Souls Inc. gives away another pair of shoes to someone in need. The shoe charity has earned glowing endorsements from Hollywood stars and professional athletes, but the people that truly make the non-profit organization effective are those who clean out their closets to personally drop off their ‘gently worn’ shoes at a participating location.
For a limited time, Soles4Souls and St. John’s University will be collecting your gently worn footwear and/or donations to ship the shoes to a person in need, whether they are victims of a natural disaster or subject to living in extreme poverty. It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unused shoes lying in their closets. The charity can use each and every one of these pairs to make a tangible difference in someone’s life.
“We can use the shoes taking up space in your closet to change the world one pair at a time,” Elsey said. “We need our partners in St. John’s University to ‘STEP UP’ and get behind our call for action. It’s one of the most simple yet profound gifts you can make, because it will greatly improve someone’s life in the most difficult of times,” he said.
People and companies interested in donating can visit the organization’s website at www.giveshoes.org, and follow the instructions.
Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Soles4Souls has distributed more than 4.3 million pairs (currently donating one pair every 13 seconds) to people in over 125 countries, including Honduras, Uganda, Romania, and the United States. The charity has been featured recently in Runner’s World and the Green Guide by National Geographic. It has also appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and hundreds of regional outlets around North America.
Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit www.giveshoes.org for more information.