SOURCE: Soles4Souls Inc.

January 13, 2010 14:22 ET

Soles4Souls® Inc. Is Committing 100,000 Pairs of New Shoes to Haiti Earthquake Victims

Shoe Charity Is Partnering With Other Trusted Organizations to Send Complete Aid Package That Includes Food, Bottled Water, Medical Supplies, Tents, Blankets, Flashlights and Baby Products

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - January 13, 2010) - Soles4Souls Inc. is committing 100,000 pairs of new shoes to the victims of the earthquake that rocked Haiti on Tuesday, January 12. In conjunction with its partners in the footwear industry and trusted distribution agencies, Soles4Souls is sending a complete relief package that includes food, medical supplies, water, blankets and baby products.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragedy unfolding in Haiti," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. "This is going to require a sustained humanitarian effort from everyone able to give, and we'll be here to do our part with the gift of shoes to aid in the rescue and rebuilding process," he said.

The Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, and many surrounding villages were devastated by the largest earthquake to strike in over 200 years. News reports are slow to emerge but already paint a terrifying picture of death and disorder among a people already devastated by poverty and natural disaster.

According to Elsey, a pair of decent shoes is absolutely necessary in order to participate effectively in rescue and rebuilding efforts among broken glass, twisted metal and raw sewage.

"We are responding to a disaster, but we know this will be a long and difficult process," Elsey said. "This is why we're committing 100,000 pairs so that the survivors and volunteers will have our resources throughout the rebuilding efforts," he said.

For more information on how to donate to the victims in Haiti, visit

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. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages.

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