SOURCE: Soles4Souls Inc.

December 05, 2006 16:26 ET

Soles4Souls™ Inc. Distributes Over 12,000 Pairs of Shoes in Honduras During Thanksgiving Week

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2006 -- A six-member team from Soles4Souls sacrificed the Thanksgiving holiday with their families to travel to Honduras and participate in a major shoe giveaway project in the capital city of Honduras and surrounding communities. The successful project resulted in 12,495 pairs of new shoes being distributed to those in need.

Soles4Souls Inc. Founder Wayne Elsey highlighted the trip on a television interview with ABC News Money Matters on Tuesday, December 5th. "The Honduras trip perfectly illustrates the mission of our organization," Elsey said. "We are trying to change the world one pair at a time with the gift of shoes," he said.

"The trip to Honduras was a great success," said Paul Wilson, president of Soles4Souls. "We were able to deliver over 12,000 pairs of much-needed shoes to people without access to basic foot protection. We want to thank all the donors, volunteers, and organizations that assisted in this operation," he said.

The weeklong outreach effort included assistance from Souls' Host Ministries in San Antonio, Texas, and La Cosecha de Jesus (Jesus's Harvest) Church in Honduras. In addition to handing out shoes in the notorious Tegucigalpa dump -- where 1,300 people rummage through the trash for subsistence -- the team visited schools, churches, and medical centers to distribute the free footwear.

"We had to improvise to distribute the shoes in an orderly way," said team member Jerry Cotney Jr. "But seeing the smiles on the people's faces was a great reward for all of us. We noticed that many of the kids didn't have any type of shoes whatsoever, and most of the people at the dump only have enough resources to feed themselves, let alone find or buy shoes," he said.

Wilson said that the organization is already making plans for its return trip to Honduras in March of 2007. "Our team members did a masterful job of laying the groundwork for future teams to return to this region safely and comfortably," he said. "They met with the 2nd lady of Honduras, Becky Santos, in her home and she has extended an invitation to assist us in any way she can. I am convinced we can make an enormous impact in the region and obtain more support for our next Honduras trip," Wilson said.

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