The footwear industry is responding quickly to help the people of Haiti whose lives were destroyed due to the massive 7.0 earthquake this Tuesday. Soles4Souls Inc. spearheading the push for shoes for Haiti will now donate 250,000 pairs of new shoes to Haitians in Haiti. The number is up from its initial projections of 100,000 pairs.
“Once again, our partners in the footwear industry have been phenomenal,” said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO. “From the largest shoe brands to single store owners across the country, each has stepped up to donate new shoes and funds for the Haiti Relief Project. We are grateful that we can now commit to a quarter of a million pairs of shoes to people in need on the ground,” he said.
In addition, in partnership with several other organizations, Soles4Souls is sending emergency aid that includes footwear, food, medical supplies, bottled water, tents, blankets, baby products and more. The charity is also planning for a sustained giving campaign to make sure its resources are maximized and channeled properly to each aid organization on the ground in Haiti.
“This is going to be a long and painful rebuilding process, and if we don’t act in a sustainable, calculated manner we could end up doing more harm than good,” Elsey said.
Thousands have been reported dead from the earthquake and millions wounded. Shoes donated would aid in survivors helping in the rescue mission in Haiti.
Visit Soles4Souls to donate shoe to Haiti
How can you help?
1. Donate your time
2. Donate Blood
3. Donate $10 by texting ‘HAITI’ to 90999
Visit the American Red Cross for more information.