SOURCE: Soles4Souls, Inc.

May 07, 2008 16:07 ET

Soles4Souls Receives 10,885 Donated Shoes From The Mall at Voorhees Town Center, New Jersey

NASHVILLE, TN and VOORHEES, NJ--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) - Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity dedicated to changing the world with the gift of shoes, often receives large donations from footwear companies, schools, and churches. But one of the largest donations recently came from a mall in Voorhees, New Jersey -- The Mall at Voorhees Town Center, a shopping center owned and managed by Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. Nearly 11,000 shoes were compiled during the creative shoe drive, which encouraged community members to "Step into the Future" of something new and exciting with the renovation of the mall. Mall organizers felt it was appropriate to help those hurting worldwide and in need of footwear for their everyday steps. There was also a children's art contest that ran concurrently, and prizes were awarded to the winners.

Some of the companies and schools that participated in making the event a great success were Boscov's, Clementon School, E.T. Hamilton School, Harrington Middle School, Italian Treasures, and IMC Construction. "The mall's initial goal was to collect 6,000 pairs of shoes for Soles4Souls; with the overwhelming response from the community, we almost doubled the amount of donations," said Lori L. Anzivino, Marketing Director of The Mall at Voorhees Town Center. "We were also able to secure a local trucking company, Wayne Moving & Storage out of West Chester, PA, to donate their time to deliver the shoe donations to the distribution in Concord, VA."

"The people of The Mall at Voorhees Town Center showed a tremendous amount of creativity and initiative in setting up this particular event for us," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls, Inc. "We are impressed with the number of shoes they collected and the fantastic response they received from their community. We are excited to do more events with them in the future and want to thank everyone who participated in their shoe drive -- your donated footwear will make a huge impact on people all around the world," he said.

About Soles4Souls

Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. The organization created National Barefoot Week, to be held during the first week of June each year, to encourage participation among individuals, companies, and civic groups. Since its inception, Soles4Souls has collected more than 3 million pairs (or one pair every 28 seconds) from shoe companies, retailers, and individuals. The shoes have been distributed in more than 60 countries, including Mexico, Honduras, Romania, Thailand, and the Sudan. The charity has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC News, FOX, CBS, and hundreds of regional outlets around North America. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit or call (866) 521-SHOE.

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