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On October 10, 2014 I will choose to wear no shoes. I will join hundreds or thousands of other barefoot activists who join a Soles4Souls initiative to go shoe-less to create awareness about poverty in America and around the world.
Founded in 2006 and based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing.
Soles4Souls distributes shoes and clothing in two ways. First it passes on new items donated by corporations and retailers who provide new but non-marketable overstocks, returns and discontinued items. At the same time, Soles4Souls receives used shoes and clothing collected by individuals, schools, churches, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners. After sorting items in its national warehouse, Soles4Souls typically sells the used shoes and clothing to carefully selected micro-enterprise organizations in countries like Haiti where there are virtually no jobs to generate personal income.
While Soles4Souls is making a difference worldwide, much of its work begins and ends right here in America.
Soles4Souls was born out of a critical need to respond to natural disasters both domestically and internationally. While disaster relief continues to be a primary focus, other stateside initiatives include:
Appalachia Mountains Region
From Lynch, Kentucky to Bluefield, West Virginia the need for basic items is staggering. The request for new and gently worn footwear is always in high demand. This is one region where children do not have even one adequate pair of shoes for school. Shoes are designated for this region approximately once each quarter.
Summer Camps for Disadvantaged Children
Soles4Souls also provides two pairs of shoes for up to 6,000 children who attend one of 140 camps in the U.S. that focus on abused and neglected children. The children do not pay for camp as all their funding is raised by volunteers. Most of these children also do not have a pair of shoes in adequate condition or that fit properly.
Navajo/Hopi Indian Reservations
Soles4Souls currently is focused on Native Americans residing in the Winslow/Holbrook, Arizona region where footwear for all age groups remains in high demand.
Women Domestic Abuse Shelters
Soles4Souls continues to expand its network of supporting Women Domestic Abuse Shelters across the U.S. These women (and their children) usually begin to rebuild their lives from nothing. Low heel shoes in black, brown, and navy provide conservative footwear needed for women in transition during their job search.
Soles4Souls also organizes disaster response and short-term mission teams to travel the world and hand-deliver clothing and shoes.
In October, the Barefoot4Them initiative is looking for participants to help raise awareness. On 10.10.14, we can make a choice to live one day without shoes. Go barefoot to represent someone who has been affected by wearing inadequate footwear, and be the voice of those in need.
To get involved is simple:
- Sign up!
- Take a photo of your bare feet and share it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Include something like this:
Will you go Barefoot4Them with @soles4souls on 10.10.14 to help the millions of kids w/o shoes? #b4t
On October 10th,
- Go barefoot to raise awareness.
- Share posts and photos with the #B4T hashtag.
To learn more visit http://soles4souls.org/barefoot4them