Soles4Souls launches Project Haiti

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 10:45pm
Staff reports
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Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based shoe charity, announced Tuesday it would collect gently worn footwear to send to victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.

Project Haiti is a grassroots campaign to engage the public in relief efforts to help the people of the Western Hemispher’s poorest country.

The charity has already pledged one million pairs of shoes to be distributed to Haitians during a sustained giving plan in coordination with other agencies.

"This is a simple yet effective way for Nashville residents to help our friends in Haiti during the worst of times," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. "We are proud of our local community and its ongoing support of our mission to change lives with the simple gift of shoes,” he said.

Until Feb. 13, over 400 Nashville-area locations will serve as collection points. There are five staffed major collection points, including Southern Hills Medical Center, Plastic Surgery Affiliate, LP Field, GodWhy Church and the Soles4Souls warehouse. All H&R Block locations will also be collecting shoes.

Shoe Carnival retail stores will be collecting financial donations at the point of sale at all stores.

PROJECT HAITI also gives Nashvillians the ability to create their own grassroots project by using Soles4Souls’ new fundraising website. Go to www.giveshoes.org and click “fundraise now” to get started.

“Our process is unique because organizers can create a customized fundraising engine in less than 10 minutes,” Elsey said. “It’s an easy and effective way to mobilize your neighborhood, church, school or social circle,” he added.

The five staffed collection centers will be open from noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on Soles4Souls and its relief partners, visit www.giveshoes.org.