Soles4Souls, the global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty, is ramping up efforts to help individuals in need this year. And The Great Valley Shoe Drive – 2013 is getting on board to help the shoeless. Individuals can help by donating some of the 700 MILLION pairs of shoes thrown away by Americans each year. Donations will be accepted from September 11, 2013 to November 11, 2013 at the Buttermilk Parking Lot in Aspen, Colorado, on the corner of Highway 82 and Owl Creek Road, next to the fruit stand.
By recycling your gently worn shoes with Soles4Souls, the discarded footwear will be given a second chance at life. And, by being redistributed 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 significant income.
“How great to know that a simple donation, a pair of shoes, can make a quantifiable and direct impact. And, I know 15,000 pairs to collect is a substantial goal, however, I am confident this goal can be achieved through the generosity of our surrounding communities,” said Paul Kurkulis, Founder.
With 1 in every 4 adults in the world living in extreme poverty, basic necessities like shoes are simply unavailable
“We are excited that individuals like Paul Kurkulis 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.
For more information on how to get involved and donate, visit www.giveshoes.org