Monday, 9 April 2012

Do you have any extra shoes?

Then donate them to Soles4Souls.

The goal for Soles4Souls is to collect 100,000 pairs of shoes during the month of April as part of Soles4Souls Canada's Million Shoe Mission. Throughout the country Belshaw expects there will be half a million pairs of shoes collected in the next 30 days for Soles4Souls.

Many of the shoes collected will remain in the Okanagan and will be distributed out into the community through local social agencies for example: The Food Bank Store, Kelowna Gospel Mission, Now Canada, and Kelowna’s Women’s Shelter and others will all be offered footwear for their clients and the remaining shoes will be shipped to the Soles4Souls distribution Centre in Nevada where they will be sorted and shipped to where needed around the world.

Belshaw says Soles4Souls Canada started as a little idea three years ago and has grown with help of the community. "It started when the devastating earthquake hit Haiti and I thought I would collect a few thousand pair of shoes. I had a lofty goal of 25,000 shoes and the first day we had 4000 or 5000 pairs of shoes dropped off. We collected 45,000 pairs of shoes the first year, and 65,000 last year and this year's goal 100,000 pairs." We all have 3, 4, 5, 6 pairs of shoes in our closet we don’t wear anymore,” says Belshaw.

“There are 300 million kids in the world without any shoes,” says Jim Belshaw, who makes a living selling and fixing shoes at his Okanagan shop, Roy’s Shoes. “It’s incredible to see the joy on someone’s face when they realize. It’s almost like they can look forward instead of down where they are stepping because they actually have a good pair of shoes.”

Drop of sites and other ways you can help:

Kelowna
Roy’s Shoes-1627 Ellis St.
On Side Restoration-8-1595 Innovation Dr.
Capri Insurance- Capri Centre
Capri Insurance- Orchard Park Mall
Capri Insurance- Powick Road
Capri Insurance- Winfield Shopping Centre
McDonalds- Harvey Avenue
McDonalds- Rutland
McDonalds- WalMart
McDonalds- Lake Country
McDonalds- Glen Park
Prospera Credit Union- Harvey St.
Starbucks- All Locations
Prospera Credit Union- Mission Branch
Ramada Hotel Kelowna
Mark’s Work Wearhouse
PostNet-105-3957 Lakeshore Rd
PostNet-138-1876 Cooper Rd,
Kelowna OK Tire- Sprinfield Rd
Ok Tire- Rutland

West Kelowna
PostNet-2417 Main St.
Capri Insurance-WB Towne Centre Plaza
McDonalds- West Kelowna
Starbucks- All Locations
Mark’s Work Wearhouse
OK Tires- West Kelowna
Bank of Montreal- 3604 Gosset Rd

Summerland/Peachland
McDonalds Summerland

A $1.00 donation buys 1 pair of new sandals/shoes. To donate go to http://www.soles4soulscanada.com/how-you-can-help/we-need-your-help/

Organize a shoe drive at a: school, church, your place of business or neighborhood.

About Soles4Souls® – Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. We distribute these shoes, free of charge, to people in need around the world. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 7 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently distributing one pair every 9 seconds). The shoes have been distributed in 125 countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Nepal and the United States. Visit www.giveshoes.org for more information.

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