March 24, 2016 15:51 ET

SHOES.COM Steps Up to Provide 1000 Pairs of Shoes to Portland Area People in Need

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - March 24, 2016) -  Portland's long, wet winters pose a particularly agonizing challenge for the 4,000 Portland-area men, women and children living on the streets. Their feet are soggy and cold for most of the rainy season, with consequences ranging from discomfort to chronic pain.

In response to this concern, SHOES.COM is concluding a month-long Heart and Sole Shoe Drive, with a giveback event in partnership with Portland Rescue Mission. On March 30, SHOES.COM will distribute up to 800 pairs of lightly worn shoes collected during the shoe drive along with 200 pairs of new shoes to people who are served by Portland Rescue Mission's Burnside Shelter.

"People who struggle with homelessness spend most of the day in isolation outdoors and on their feet," says Portland Rescue Mission's Guest Care Specialist, Andrew Hall. "In addition to regularly providing relief through nutritious meals, shelter beds, washrooms and referral services, we are also pleased to help SHOES.COM with this generous special distribution of footwear to people in need. We consider this project as another hope-giving effort that helps people move away from the street and move toward a better life."

"Our mission at SHOES.COM is to empower people every step of the way, and this includes helping local communities stay healthy and on their feet," says SHOES.COM's Community Manager, Tyrone Lingley. "Most of us take the shoes on our feet for granted, but we've had the opportunity to see first-hand the positive impact a new pairs of shoes can have on someone's quality of life. We're grateful to be in Portland supporting this incredible community with something we believe everyone should have access to -- shoes."

The Heart and Sole Shoe Drive, in partnership with SHOES.COM, the Portland Rescue Mission, and several Portland-based organizations including Danner, Dr. Martens, Boggs, Wework, and the Oregon Public House, have collected 1000 pairs of shoes since March 1 with all donations going to Portland's homeless residents. For more information on the Heart and Sole Shoe drive, and how to donate before March 31st, please visit's Portland page.


Date: Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
Time: 9am - 11am PDT
Where: Burnside Shelter at 111 W Burnside Street (Guest Care Center)


The Portland Rescue Mission serves people in need by giving hope and restoring life. We give hope through meals, rest and safety, and restore life through recovery, training and community. Our Mission is a 65-year-old faith-based non-profit supported by 30,000 dedicated donors and 1,000 caring volunteers, working in close coordination with other public and private resources, and churches of many denominations. Our recovery process restores life for a majority of those who complete it. We wish to serve more people in need as financial and volunteer resources become available. More information is at


SHOES.COM is the leading online footwear and apparel retailer in North America. The Company began with one simple goal in mind -- help people discover footwear they love. Since then, the Company has been on a mission to innovate and empower people with new and better ways to shop. SHOES.COM is harnessing new technology and people-power to curate a refined collection of shoes for each individual customer. SHOES.COM offers a selection of over 500 brands and successfully serves over 8 million customers across the USA and Canada.

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