One person’s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities that many in developing nations need, which is why the library has launched a shoe drive to collect as many pairs of new or gently used shoes as we can.
The shoes the library collects will be delivered to Soles4Souls–a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Founded in 2006, the organization has distributed more than 30 million pairs of new and used shoes in 127 countries.
The World Bank estimates that approximately 767 million people, 385 million of which are children, live on less than $1.90 per day. Millions of these children don’t have access to adequate footwear resulting in significant ramifications for their health and well-being. Meanwhile many adults don’t have access to sustainable employment.
Soles4Souls not only provides short-term relief by distributing brand new shoes and clothing donated by retailers and manufacturers, but also creates economic impact and keeps unwanted textiles out of landfills. All of the library’s donated shoes will be distributed to the organization’s micro-enterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti, Honduras and other developing nations. The resulting revenue will help fund the free distribution of new shoes and clothing in the U.S., Canada and developing nations around the world.
For more information about Soles4Souls you can visit their website at http://soles4souls.org. If you need a receipt for your taxes you can request that at https://soles4souls.org/get-involved/give-money/request-a-tax-receipt/.
UPCOMING OUTREACH PROGRAMS
April – Donate gently used clothing, shoes, housewares, and linens to Thrift Smart.