Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Soles4Souls in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By LaMont Jones

Oakmont shoe store helps out

Nashville-based Soles4Souls, a nonprofit organization founded after Hurricane Katrina to provide new and gently worn footwear for people in need, has collected more than 2 million pairs of shoes.

This year, Lucy shoe store in Oakmont collected 2,000 pairs from customers in January and February.

"Somewhere in the Sudan is a little girl trying on her first pair of red high heels," said Lucy owner Rosemary Zottola.

The drive is part of a larger campaign, "The Million Pair March," to benefit the displaced people of the Sudan. Scarlett Johanssen kicked off the effort Feb. 8 with a donation of 2,000 pairs of new athletic shoes through her contract with Reebok.

If you want to donate footwear to the cause, find out how at giveshoes.org.

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