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Soles4Souls is a registered charity which helps individuals, churches, civic groups, retailers and shoe companies donate new and used shoes to needy people worldwide.
Following the 2004 Asian tsunami, Wayne Elsey, the founder of Soles4Souls, called some fellow executives in the shoe industry and collected about 250,000 pairs of shoes for the tsunami victims. A year later when Hurricane Katrina hit the USA, another 750,000 shoes were sent to the hurricane victims. One year later the charity Soles4Souls was created.
Shoes have been distributed to over 40 countries - including Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Swaziland, Sudan (Darfur), Uganda, Romania, Iraq, Peru, Thailand and Nepal.
35,000 shoes are being shipped in cooperation with World Vision to the victims of the 2007 Bangladesh Cyclone. Additional donations for the victims of Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh are being gathered.
Red Wing Shoe Company recently donated 26,500 boots to help victims of the earthquake in Peru.
12,515 pairs of shoes were distributed in Honduras in a 2006 project by a 6-member team of Soles4Souls together with assistance from local helpers and church youth.
Another project delivered 85,000 pairs of shoes to Uganda, Africa.
Supporters of the charity include Jessica Alba, Jim Belushi, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sharon Stone, Jeff Fisher, Billy Joel and Reba McIntire.