Soles4Souls (giveshoes.org) and Shoe Station have joined forces to bring shoes to victims of the devastating earthquake in Japan.
Shoe Station will help collect footwear to support Soles4Souls’ commitment to donate footwear to affected areas in Southeast Asia. Beginning March 18 through March 21, customers at every Shoe Station will have the opportunity to drop off a gently worn pair of shoes. All donations will directly support relief efforts.
Soles4Souls has partnered with other organizations on the ground in Japan to transport and distribute the aid needed as the devastation from the earthquake continues to unfold. Since the charities inception after the Asian Tsunami in 2004, the shoe charity has continued to respond to natural disasters like the one in Japan with footwear that protect victims against foot-borne diseases .
“As we continue to realize the magnitude of this disaster for our friends in Japan, we cannot forget how important basic necessities – such as shoes – will be in the ongoing rescue and rebuilding efforts,” said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. “We deeply appreciate the support of Shoe Station and their customers in helping us provide shoes to survivors.”
“Our hearts go out to all of our friends in Japan. Tragedies such as this make us realize that we are all part of one human family. As we struggle to find solace in this disaster, we look for a way for our employees and customers to contribute. This was the most appropriate and quickest way that we could help,” said Brent Barkin, V.P. of Shoe Station.
For a complete store listing where you may bring your shoes, visit shoestation.com
For more information on how to get involved and donate to the victims in Japan, visit giveshoes.org.