Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Soles4Souls to collect shoes at marathon (from the NASHVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL)

Nashville-based charity Soles4Souls Inc., which provides free footwear all over the world, will hold a shoe drive at the Country Music Marathon in Nashville April 28.

Soles4Souls volunteers will be at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Nashville Convention Center Saturday, giving out brochures and information.

The shoe drive is part of the Million Pair March campaign, which aims to raise $1million and collect 1 million pairs of shoes to send to the Sudan and surrounding areas of Africa that are stricken by poverty and war.

Soles4Souls volunteers oversee drop boxes and the group's delivery truck will be at the finish line of the marathon. Soles4Souls is asking for donations of "gently worn" shoes or money for shipping the shoes.

The first drop is scheduled for this fall to refugee camps in Southern Sudan.

The Million Pair March has been endorsed by celebrities including Don Cheadle, Jessica Alba, Melissa Rivers, and Scarlett Johansson, who had Reebok donate 2,000 pairs of shoes in her name to the cause.

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