Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity is ramping up efforts to help individuals in need. And DeKalb County High School 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.
By recycling your gently worn shoes with the charity, the discarded footwear will be given a second chance at life. By being redistributed through the charity's international and domestic partners, millions of children and adults could receive their first pair of shoes.
DCHS has been challenged by Cannon County High School to collect more shoes for the Soles 4 Souls organization than Cannon by February 5th. Final count and winners will be announced at the DCHS away game in Cannon County on February 5th. Shoes can be dropped off by any elementary school student at SES and the high school by any DCHS student. Shoes can also be dropped off at the DeKalb Community Bank in Smithville and many local churches. Please contact DCHS for additional drop off locations.
Soles4Souls has distributed more than 19 million pairs of shoes around the world with the help of partners like DeKalb County High School FCCLA. With 1 in every 4 adults in the world living in extreme poverty, basic necessities like shoes are simply 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.
"We have always been proud to say we do our part to keep footwear out of landfills, and hopefully put them on the feet of someone in need," said Buddy Teaster, CEO of Soles4Souls. "Please join DeKalb County High School & FCCLA in this initiative to collect gently worn footwear, and possibly improve the quality of someone's daily life," he said.
For more information on how to get involved and donate, visit www.giveshoes.org.