TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute residents are invited to donate their shoes to help millions of peopleworldwide with a shoe drive at Cross Lane Community Church on June 2.
Soles4souls, a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the impact and perpetuation of poverty, is ramping up efforts to help individuals in need this year. Cross Lane Community Church is getting on board to help the shoeless. Residents can help by donating some of the 700 million pairs of shoes thrown away by Americans each year.
Soles4Souls has distributed more than 19 million pairs of shoes around the world with the help of partners like Cross Lane. With one in every four adults in the world living in extreme poverty, basic necessities like shoes are often unavailable. In developing nations like Haiti, Honduras and Tanzania, walking is the main form of transportation, and shoes can protect a person’s feet from cuts and infections. Also, children in other parts of the world cannot attend school without a pair of shoes.
The church will hold a shoe drive 9 a.m. to noon June 2, but shoes can also be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 27-31 at the church, 2204 Lafayette Ave.
“We are excited to participate in a shoe drive for Soles4Souls again and are confident that the shoes will be distributed to people in need all over the world,” said Tracy Sutliff, pastor of administration at the church.
By recycling gently worn shoes with the charity, the discarded footwear will be given a second chance at life. Through the organization’s international micro-enterprise partners, men and women will be given the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty by earning a sustainable income.
“We are excited that individuals like Cross Lane are working with us to help end the perpetuation of poverty by providing used shoes and micro-jobs to individuals in other countries,” said Buddy Teaster, CEO of Soles4Souls. “Please join in this initiative to collect gently worn footwear, and possibly improve the quality of someone’s daily life. Shoes can enable someone to step out of poverty.”
For more information on volunteering and donating, visit www.giveshoes. org, mail 319 Martingale Drive, Nashville, TN 37138, call 615-391-5723 or fax 615- 391-5730