Folsom residents are invited to donate their shoes to help millions worldwide
November 26, 2013 – (Nashville, TN) Soles4Souls Inc., 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.  Folsom’s local Whole Foods Market 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 December 1st to December 31st at 270 Palladio Parkway Folsom, CA 956300.
By recycling your gently worn shoes with Soles4Souls, the discarded footwear will be given a second chance at life.  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 sustainable income.
“We are extremely excited about collecting shoes for Soles4Souls,” said Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader Ciara Glass. “In order to meet our goal of collecting 200 pairs we will be kicking the drive off by donating 100 pairs of brand new TOMS Shoes!”
Soles4Souls has distributed more than 20 million pairs of shoes around the world with the help of partners like Whole Foods Market.  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 are excited that the Folsom Whole Foods Market is 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 how to get involved and donate, visit
About Soles4Souls®
Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty.  The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.  Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator.  Please visit for more information.


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